Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants won by historically black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Historically Black Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, received a $99,922 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Under the program, faculty at the university will develop a curriculum to prepare students for study abroad opportunities in southern Asia.

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, received a $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a program in Tanzania and Ethiopia to control the parasitic Striga weed which infests sorghum and other crops.

Queens College, a part of the City University of New York system, received a $190,385 grant from the National Institutes of Health for research entitled, “Vascular Depression in African Americans.”

Auburn University in Alabama will participate in a five-year, $9.9 million grant program funded by the National Science Foundation to improve middle school science education in the Black Belt counties of Alabama. Researchers at Auburn will gather data to assess the success of the program in improving student performance in science.

Hampton University, the historically Black educational institution in Virginia, received a two-year, $299,282 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the Hampton Roads Partnership for Algebra. The university will work with community colleges and local public school districts to improve mathematics education.

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