Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Historically Black Simmons of College of Kentucky has established the Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson Center for Racial Justice. The center is being supported by a gift of $2 million from the San Antonio-based Baugh Foundation. John Baugh was a founder of the wholesale food distributor. Sysco Corporation. He was a founding trustee of Houston Baptist University and a regent emeritus of Baylor University. He died in 2007.

Hampton University, the historically Black educational institution in Virginia, has announced that TowneBank has pledged $1 million to the university for naming rights within the university’s Armstrong Stadium and to fund athletic department activities such as:
• The installation of a trophy suite in Armstrong Stadium.
• To support the “Pirate on the Move” travel campaign that allows Hampton Athletics to support fundraising activities during athletic events away from the university.
• To establish a sideline injury tent for football athletes.
The grant also outlines career services and professional development opportunities between the university and the TowneBank family of companies.

The Home Depot Retool Your School program awarded 36 historically Black colleges and universities with more than $2 million in grants to improve their college campuses. Alabama A&M University, Coahoma Community College, and Fisk University placed first in their respective competition clusters, each winning a $150,000 grant.

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