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.

Florida International University in Miami received a $187,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand the undergraduate programs of the African and African Diaspora studies program in the university’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina received a three-year, $859,548 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for programs to support HIV prevention among young African American adults on the university campus and in surrounding communities.

Sherese_ParkerHistorically Black Mississippi Valley State University received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to support efforts to build an academic support program for student athletes. The program will have three academic counselors and a learning specialist to help student athletes. The support program is led by Sherese Parker, director of student athlete academic services.

A consortium of five universities in the Pacific Northwest received a five-year, $3,440,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to increase the number of underrepresented minority students in STEM fields. Participating educational institutions are Oregon State University, Portland State University, Boise State University, the University of Washington, and Washington State University.

bagayoko3Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received a $358,725 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund graduate research positions at Southern University for students in the Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications program. The grant program is under the direction of Diola Bagayoko, Distinguished Professor and chair of the physics department at Southern University.

The University of Connecticut received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a program designed to increase the number of minority students who qualify for inclusion in gifted education programs. The Supporting and Promoting Advanced Readiness in Kids (SPARK) program will seek to identify gifted children in 24 diverse schools in three New England states.

Historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a program to gather and process computational data on minority health care and racial disparities in medical care.

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