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.

Paine College, a historically Black educational institution in Augusta, Georgia, received a two-year, $194,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide research opportunities for undergraduate students in chemistry programs.

lambrightHistorically Black Savannah State University in Georgia received a three-year, $399,548 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an undergraduate certificate program in the technical, logistical, policy, research, and commerce-related issues in the transportation industry. The grant was issued to Jonathan P. Lambright, dean of the College of Science and Technology. Dr. Lambright holds a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The University of Notre Dame in Indiana received a $1.6 millon grant from Accenture Inc. to support the Connectivity, Electricity, and Education for Entrepreneurship project of the university’s Initiative for Global Development. The funds will used to harness solar energy for rural communities in Uganda and South Africa.

Historically Black Florida A&M University received a three-year, $675,000 Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The money will be used to increase academic support services, including tutoring, for student athletes.

East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, received a $125,00 grant from the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The funds are being used to train community breast health educators who will conduct educational seminars on breast health at churches, community centers, and health fairs. The effort will focus primarily on African American and Latina women.

Dillard University, the historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, received a $1 million donation from alumnus Jimmie Edwards to establish an endowed scholarship fund. Edwards received a scholarship which enabled him to attend Dillard and go on to have a successful career in the petrochemical industry. He wanted to give the same opportunity to other students from low-income families.

Historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham received a donation of software and technology services valued at $306,481 from Microsoft Inc. The in-kind donation will supply database software licensing for administrative services and access to cloud computing for students, faculty, and staff enabling them universal access to Microsoft Office software.

Delaware State University, the historically Black educational institution in Dover, received a $192,000 grant from the Army Research Office for research on the development of a long-range, high-resolution laser detection and ranging (LADAR) system. The grant will support research opportunities for several university students.


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