Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

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

The University of Michigan received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the M-STEM Academies at the university. The academies will create a support systems for undergraduate students majoring in STEM fields which will include a summer bridge program before they enter college, academic coaching, personal and academic development workshops, and undergraduate research opportunities.

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University received a $206,500 grant from the Chevron Corporation. The money will be used to provide scholarships and to support enrichment programs for student in the university’s School of Business.

Winston-Salem State University, a historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, received a $699,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funds will be used for tuition assistance for students in its family nurse practitioner degree program.

North Carolina A&T State University, a historically Black educational institution in Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, received funding from the Council of Graduate Schools to develop new approaches for enhancing graduate student skills and understanding in the assessment of undergraduate learning. The Council of Graduate Schools’ program is funded by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Teagle Foundation.

Michigan State University received a $7.8 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a program that will help eight African nations improve their sustainable farming methods. The program will promote agricultural programs that improve environmental quality in Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.


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