The Community College Research Center at Teachers College of Columbia University received a five-year, $9.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a study to develop programs to help at-risk students make the transition to college and master the basic skills they need in order to stay in school and earn a degree.

Bowie State University, the historically black educational institution in Maryland, was awarded a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development for a program to strengthen the higher education curriculum in the African nation of Liberia.

The WellPoint Foundation has made a $200,000 grant to National Medical Fellowships, Inc. The money will be used for a need-based scholarship program to help black and other minority students pay for medical school education.