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 Langston University in Oklahoma received a $1.5 million grant from ONEOK, formerly the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company. The grant will fund scholarships for students in the accounting department and will create an endowed professorship in accounting at the university.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced the awarding of $2.8 million in grants to six minority-serving institutions to develop educational programs in homeland security science and engineering. Included among the six minority-serving institutions are five historically Black universities: Alabama A&M University, Jackson State University, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, and the University of the District of Columbia.

Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., received a $100,000 grant from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development of the District of Columbia. The grant will fund an MBA certificate program that will allow students to gain international experience by working on consulting projects with South Africa and China.

LeroyDavisHistorically Black Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, received a three-year, $645,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for a program to help prevent and reduce substance abuse and the transmission of hepatitis C virus, and HIV/AIDS among young adult populations on college campuses. The grant program is under the direction of Leroy Davis, executive director of the college’s Center for Excellence in Rural and Minority Health.

Winston-Salem State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, received a $275,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in support of its Almost Home Scholarship Program. The program helps students with financial need who are nearing graduation.

Historically Black Virginia State University received a $94,581 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a program entitled “Imagining Sustainable Environments: Place and Culture in the Global Community.” The project will fund curriculum development in the humanities and a faculty development institute on environmental humanities.

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