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.

Graham Hodges, the George Dorland Langdon Jr. Professor of History at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, is the recipient of a new National Endowment for the Humanities teaching grant to share his abolition and Underground Railroad historical expertise with middle school and high school teachers from across the country. The grant will fund a program to bring 25 teachers to Colgate, in July 2024. Those teachers, in turn, will bring what they learn back to their respective schools to share with other teachers within their districts.

Historically Black Bowie State University in Maryland has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Adobe Foundation to support a new social justice initiative. The new program will provide enhanced access to technology to equip university students and returning citizens with the skills they will need to enter the workforce and continue life-long learning. The program will confront social injustice by addressing systematic inequalities that disproportionately impact people of color. The funding will also support faculty development through fellowships and workshops for 240 full-time faculty and 340 adjunct faculty. Additionally, the award will support advanced student career skills building to prepare 150 students for internships, job searches, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Grambling State University, the historically Black educational institution in Louisiana, received a $500,000 donation from Magic Johnson Enterprises that will be used to bolster the GAP Scholarship Fund at the university.


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