Higher Education Gifts or Grants 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.

A global research team led by Melissa B. Davis, director of the Institute of Translational Genomic Medicine at historically Black Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, has received a $25 million grant from the Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Institute. The research team will investigate cancer disparities in populations of African ancestry, with a particular focus on Black women with breast cancer.

The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing has provided 10 nursing programs with $200,000 in funding from the American Nurses Association to address eliminating racism in the nursing field. The funding recipients are the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Carle Health in Illinois, Children’s National Hospital in the District of Columbia, East Carolina University, the International Academy of Nurse Editors, Mercy University in New York, the North Carolina Nurses Association, Norton Sound Health Corporation in Alaska, the University of Illinois Chicago, and the University of Portland in Oregon.

Joan Wickham has gifted $2 million to her alma mater, historically Black Hampton University in Virginia, to establish the Dr. Joan Teresa McMillan Wickham Endowed Scholarship Fund. The gift will fund two annual scholarships for a male and female concert choir student.

Tuskegee University, a historically Black university in Alabama, has been awarded $300,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Association’s Science Mission Directorate Bridge program. The two-year grant will allow students to build and launch their own CubeSat, a small spacecraft that orbits Earth while conducting small science experiments.

Historically Black Prairie View A&M University in Texas has received a combined $1,675,250 grant from BP and Shell Energy to establish an energy trading program. The new degree concentration will be housed in the university’s College of Business and will prepare students for a career in energy trading and analytics.

A project led by Gregory Goins, associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at historically Black North Carolina A&T State University, has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Regional Innovation Engines. The project aims to create an Agricultural Tech Innovation Corridor that will provide farmers across the state of North Carolina with access to the latest information and technology needed for success in today’s agriculture industry.

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