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.

The Paul H. Boerger Fund of the Delaware Community Foundation awarded a $500,000 donation to the Delaware State University Foundation in support of the historically Black university’s Alzheimer’s disease research program. The research team is developing new models of neurodegeneration that mimic the pathology and memory deficits associated with Alzheimer’s disease. It is hoped that these new models will help the researchers and science to gain a better understanding of pathways associated with this complex disease.

Florida International University in Miami received a two-year, $5 million grant from the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation to foster the arts scene in the city’s Little Haiti. The grant funds will be distributed over the next two years and benefit 39 cultural organizations across Miami-Dade County to help cultivate a more vibrant, connected, and stimulating arts ecosystem.

Historically Black Stillman College in Alabama received a $150,000 grant from the Mozilla Foundation. The grant will cover the costs of assisting college professors with developing curriculum, experiential learning, and syllabi so that students are prepared to enter a workforce with emerging artificial intelligence technology and help shape the rules that govern access and usage.

Xavier University, the historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, received $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The funds will be directed to the university’s public health sciences department to further its research and community engagement activities concerning climate change. The funding from the grant will allow the program to research the detrimental effects climate change will have on public health, especially in the marginalized and underserved communities of Louisiana.

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