• The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California received a $2.5 million grant from the Johnson Publishing Company for the establishment of the Johnson Communication Leadership Center. The center will offer Johnson Scholarships to African-American journalism students.

Edward Waters College, the historically black educational institution in Jacksonville, Florida, received a $200,000 grant from the Jesse Ball duPont Fund. The college will use the grant to hire an associate vice president for academic affairs.

Meharry Medical College received a $2 million grant from the state of Tennessee for the school’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Wellness Project. The program promotes health and education programs to reduce health risks for people who live in communities near the college.

The Medical College of Georgia received a three-year, $659,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will be used to help increase racial diversity in the college’s nursing program. Deborah A. Smith, principal investigator on the grant and a nursing faculty member, notes, “To serve a diverse population, we have to attract, retain, and support a diverse student body.”

• Three historically black colleges and universities received $100,000 grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to enhance research on nuclear energy. The grants are to promote research for the development of safe, secure, and economical nuclear power.

All told, 38 institutions received $100,000 grants. The three participating black colleges and universities are Livingstone College, South Carolina State University, and Prairie View A&M University.