Grants and Gifts

Historically black Delaware State University received a five-year, $350,000 grant from the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service to develop a conservation plan for sand tiger sharks in Delaware Bay. The shark is now listed by the federal government as a “species of concern.”

• Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, received a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for a program designed to bring more minority students into the field of accounting.

• Virginia State University, the historically black educational institution in Petersburg, received a $1 million gift from the charitable arm of Thomson Hospitality Inc. The parents of the founders of the company both earned degrees from Virginia State.

The University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville received a $100,000 grant from the law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis to establish the Diversity Endowed Scholarship program.

Historically black North Carolina Central University in Durham received a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for research to develop drugs for treating type 2 diabetes. African Americans are significantly more likely to contract type 2 diabetes than whites.