Spelman College, the historically black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta, received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The money will be used for program enhancements to Spelman’s curriculum in informatics.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is granting 14 historically black colleges and universities a combined total of $8.4 million to revitalize neighborhoods surrounding their campuses. The grants range from $584,600 to $600,000. The black colleges receiving the grants are:

LeMoyne-Owen College
Winston-Salem State University
Clinton Junior College
Benedict College
South Carolina State University
Texas Southern University
Tennessee State University
Tuskegee University
Johnson C. Smith University
Coppin State University
Hinds Community College
Southern University, Shreveport
Rust College
Dillard University

Dillard University, the historically black educational institution in New Orleans, received a $2 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to help it rebuild from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Xavier University, another historically black educational institution in the flood-ravaged city, received a $4 million grant to aid in its recovery.

The grants will be used to recruit new faculty and students and to provide student financial aid.