Grants and Gifts

The U.S. Department of Education made grants of between $97,000 and $200,000 to seven historically black colleges and universities under its Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program. The grants will fund programs to increase the number of students pursuing degrees in scientific disciplines. The seven HBCUs that received grants are Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Winston-Salem State University, Allen University, and Prairie View A&M University.

• DePaul University in Chicago received a $100,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The grant will be used to fund scholarships for minority students.

• The University of Kansas received a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund a two-week institute for secondary school teachers on teaching the literary works of black author Richard Wright.

• Essex County College in New Jersey was awarded a $467,946 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the Stay-in-Step Academy. The program is aimed at increasing the college retention rates of black males.

• Winston-Salem State University, the historically black educational institution in North Carolina, received a two-year, $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a program to increase the number of black students studying science and mathematics and to help them prepare for graduate school.

• The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco received a three-year, $210,000 grant from the California Wellness Foundation. The money is earmarked for minority students in the institute’s master’s degree program in community mental health.

• Butler University in Indianapolis received a $150,000 grant from the Eli Lilly & Co. Foundation to fund a lecture series that will bring minority scholars to campus.