• Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, received a $100,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation for an endowed scholarship program to help minority students afford college.

• Kansas State University received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Cargill Corporation to recruit and retain black and other minority students in its agriculture, business administration, and engineering programs.

The University of Florida received a $100,000 grant from the Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida. The grant will fund a program operated by the department of psychology to foster healthy nutrition and cooking among African-American women in order to reduce the incidence of hypertension.

• Haverford College associate professor of physics and astronomy Stephon Alexander received a $65,000 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology grant from the Foundational Questions Institute. With the grant, Dr. Alexander will conduct research in quantum gravity.

• Samba Gadjigo, chair of the French department at Mount Holyoke College, received a grant from the Sundance Documentary Fund for the production of his film on the life of Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène.