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.

The Center for Journalism and Democracy at historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., has awarded nearly $200,000 to 10 student newsrooms at historically Black colleges and universities to improve each newsroom’s technology, operations, and reporting capabilities. The grants will support student journalism efforts at Howard University, Morgan State University, the University of the District of Columbia, Morehouse College, Florida A&M University, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Central University, Savannah State University, and Texas Southern University.

Historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has received funding from the National Aeronautic and Space Administration to establish a free, immersive summer program for high school students interested in STEM fields. The program will provide students with the opportunity to participate in NASA-related research without any financial obligations. Students will learn on-campus at Fayetteville State University and receive a stipend from NASA.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has received over $1 million in federal funding to establish a doctor of veterinary medicine degree program in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Once established, the program will be the second of its kind at an HBCU and the first in the state of Maryland.

Clayton Scott has established the Dr. Clayton A. Scott #Mike Murrell Endowed Scholarship Fund at his alma mater, historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. The scholarship will support graduates of the local Statesville High School in continuing their education at Winston-Salem State University.

Historically Black Alabama A&M University has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to launch the Bridge to Doctorate program. The initiative aims to support underrepresented scientists and engineers interested in pursing doctoral degrees in STEM fields. Students who are accepted into the program will receive a stipend of $32,000 per year, financial assistance for educational expenses, and professional development opportunities.

The department of human sciences at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff has received a grant from VentureWell to establish a new food and nutrition entrepreneurship certificate program. Students who enroll in the historically Black university’s new program will learn about sustainability, business, public health, and food manufacturing, with a particular focus on underserved communities.

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