Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, received a $20,000 grant from the state of Tennessee for the university’s Preparing Minorities to be Outstanding Responsible Educators program. The Project MORE program offers scholarships for six black students who want to become public school teachers. Nearly 30 percent of the students in public schools in communities surrounding the university are black. But only 7 percent of the teachers in these schools are African Americans.

North Carolina A&T State University, the historically black educational institution in Greensboro, received a $300,000 grant from Golden Leaf Inc. to establish the Advanced Composites Research and Training Center on campus. The center will retrain workers who have been laid off from jobs in the textile and furniture industries.