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.

Colby College in Waterville, Maine, received a three-year $390,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will allow four undergraduate students to conduct research in the forest sanctuaries of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Colby students will work alongside students from Debre Tabor University and Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia in exploring the forest preserves.

Delaware State University, the historically Black educational institution in Dover, received a $100,000 from the Alzheimer’s Association to support research on a protein that is critical to the proper functioning of the human brain.

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University received a $7.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support the work of the university’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development. Nineteen doctoral students currently are conducting research at the Center.

The University of Virginia received a five-year, $350,000 research grant from the William T. Grant Foundation that will examine how family and neighborhood settings support the development of mentoring relationships between economically disadvantaged Black youth and adults. The research will be under the direction of Noelle M. Hurd, an assistant professor of psychology at the university. Dr. Hurd holds a master of public health degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.

Historically Black Hampton University in Virginia received a $245,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for a program to create a digital media center at the university.


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