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Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

money-bag-2Here 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.

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama received a $250,000 grant from the Chevron Corporation to support scholarships and programs for the university’s College of Engineering.

The Initiative for Global Development at the University of Notre Dame received a $375,000 commitment from the Millennium Challenge Corporation to conduct an evaluation of the corporation’s water projects in Ghana. Since 2006, Millennium has constructed 392 water system projects in the country and the company wants an independent assessment of the progress that has been achieved.

wingfieldGeorgia State University in Atlanta received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to determine if there are differences in the level of cybersecurity for people in different socioeconomic groups in the United States. The project is under the direction of Adia Wingfield, an associate professor of sociology at the university. Dr. Wingfield has been on the faculty at Georgia State since 2006. She is a graduate of Spelman College and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

About 900 women die from pregnancy-related death in the United States each year and the death rate has doubled since 1990. More than 40 countries in the world have lower rates of pregnancy-related death than the United States. The pregnancy death rate for African American women is more than triple the rate for White American women. Merck & Co. has announced a $6 million commitment with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to fund 10 programs throughout the United States with the aim of reducing deaths relating to pregnancy.



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