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 South Carolina State University received a $145,877 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund the development of a 30-credit online degree program in English in the department of English and communications. The program will offer a literature-based graduate degree program that provides the flexibility to complete learning activities and assignments when it fits a student’s busy schedule.

Coppin State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore, will receive a three-year, $450,000 grant from the T. Rowe Price Foundation to establish a hub that will support Baltimore’s nonprofit sector.

A team of faculty from multiple departments at historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina received a $100,000 grant from the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Consortium to support increased research capacity in artificial intelligence applied to health equity. Faculty members from computer science, biology and nursing are collaborating to develop research capabilities that can transform health equity through novel applications of AI. The research team will collaboratively participate in workshops and symposia to delineate specific research thrusts, pinpoint existing gaps in research, understand the current state of research infrastructure, and discern technological methods that can be employed.

Historically Black North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s music program is hitting all the right notes as it recently received a $100,000 gift from the Tom Joyner Foundation, with a special contribution from legendary singer-songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder. The funds will be dedicated to scholarships exclusively benefiting students in the music program and university ensembles.

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