The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the historically black educational institution in Princess Anne, received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Richard A. Henson Foundation to increase the number of black students pursuing careers in business, science, and technology. The grant will be used to establish the Henson Entrepreneurs and Scholars Endowment Program at the university.

• North Carolina A&T State University received a $100,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the development of the Black College Wire, an online news service for African Americans in higher education. The service is a collaboration of the university, The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and Black Collegian magazine.

The University of Georgia received a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop a computer-based curriculum for in-home use as part of its Strong African-American Families program. The program is geared toward changing parenting behaviors in order to enhance children’s opportunities for success.

The program is under the director of Velma McBride Murry, a professor of child and family development.