Grants and Gifts

• Edward Waters College, the historically black educational institution in Jacksonville, Florida, received a $238,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund student support service programs such as tutoring, mentoring, and personal counseling.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued grants totaling more than $50 million to 18 historically black colleges and universities. The grants support research and teaching programs in agricultural sciences as well as scholarships to attract more minority students to agricultural disciplines.

The National Science Foundation announced a $20 million grant to a consortium of 11 colleges and universities in Tennessee to conduct research in clean energy production. Among the programs that will be funded are scholarships for students at historically black Fisk University and Tennessee State University who wish to pursue graduate study in energy related fields at other research institutions.

• The Alliance for Equity in Higher Education received a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to increase retention and graduation rates at minority serving institutions.

• Johnson C. Smith University, the historically black educational institution in Charlotte, North Carolina, received a $299,270 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to establish programs to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault, and dating violence against women.