Grants and Gifts

• Virginia State University, the historically black educational institution near Petersburg, is sharing in a $1.47 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Virginia State along with Virginia Tech and the University of Juba and the Catholic University of Sudan are teaming up to establish food and agricultural research programs at the universities in Southern Sudan.

The historically black University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the predominantly white Salisbury University are the co-recipients of a $1 million Department of Education grant to train high school principals at the new Lower Eastern Shore School Leadership Institute, scheduled to open in August.

Historically black Grambling State University received a $110,583 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to fund the Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP). Under the program students come to the Grambling campus for weeklong summer camps with an emphasis on improving math, science and reading skills.

The Grambling program is under the direction of professors Loretta Walton Jaggers and Nanthailia McJamerson.

Economists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Michigan, and the University of Southern California have received a $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study environmental justice in the United States. The researchers will examine the race and class of individuals who are exposed to toxic industrial pollution.