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 San Diego Foundation announced that it will award the University of California San Diego Black Alumni Scholarship Fund $500,000 for student scholarships and support of Black students attending the university. Established as a “challenge grant,” SDF will award the funding when an equivalent amount of donations are raised, essentially doubling the impact of gifts to the Black Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Historically Black Delaware State University received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a project that could leverage the properties of microalgae toward energy and cancer treatment purposes. The research involves 1). Converting microalgae into bio-energy/biofuels, and 2.) Using microalgae to develop a more cost-effective alternative for the production of taxol, an anti-cancer pharmaceutical.

Historically Black North Carolina A&T State University‘s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences received a $100,000 grant from the Tides Foundation. This grant will go toward the program, Enhancing the Technology Capacity and Technical Knowledge of North Carolina African American Poultry and Livestock Producers. This program offers eight African American livestock and poultry producers in the state $10,000 mini-grants toward new technology for their enterprise as well as technical training through Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T and the department of animal sciences at the university.


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