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 Delaware State University in Dover received a three-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to implement cyber-learning technologies to improve instruction in STEM disciplines with the goal of increasing student achievement and retention in these fields.

Wayne State University in Detroit received a $1.3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to establish the Detroit Equity Action Lab in the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the university’s law school. The new center will focus on educational efforts for leaders of nonprofit groups that address issues of structural racism in the city.

St. Cloud State University in Minnesota received a $200,000 grant from the Great Lakes Education Guaranty Corporation for financial aid for students from underserved populations who have completed their first year in college.

Marilyn Fields, an executive assistant to the president and an employee of historically Black Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the past 38 years, recently won a $2 million Powerball Lottery Jackpot. She is using part of her winnings to fully endow a scholarship program at the university to honor her parents.

Florida State University received a three-year, $204,000 grant from the American Physical Society for a bridge program for underrepresented graduate students who want to pursue doctoral studies but need additional course work to qualify for admission. The students will participate in an internship at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory during the summer months and then take master’s degree level coursework in the fall.



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