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.

Historically Black North Carolina A&T State University has received a $10 million grant from the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation, a District of Columbia-based charity organization dedicated to supporting nonprofits. The donation will be used to create Clark Legacy Endowed Scholarships for first-year students enrolled in the university’s College of Engineering.

A team of researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, Rollins College in Florida, and the University of Missouri Kansas City have received a $6 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Over the next five years, the funds will be used to research post-traumatic stress disorder screening methods for pregnant Black women.

A group of scholars from historically Black University of Arkansas Pine Bluff and Arkansas State University have received a nearly $300,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to support their project, “Creating a New Pathway for Increasing the Presence of African American Teachers in Ag Teacher Education Programs.” The project will support five students from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff during a summer research program in agricultural education at Arkansas State University.

U.S. Sugar, the largest producer of sugarcane in the United States, has provided a $100,000 grant to fund a collaborative project between two historically Black institutions, Tuskegee University in Alabama and Florida A&M University. The research project, led by Tuskegee University, will study farming methods, such as sugarcane burning, in an effort to develop more sustainable agricultural techniques.

The University of California, Los Angeles has received a $5 million gift from Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, to establish the UCLA Berry Gordy Music Industry Center. The new center will focus on initiatives geared towards enhancing career support services for students as they launch their careers in the professional music industry.

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