Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans
Filed in Grants and Gifts on December 30, 2015
Here 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.
The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, received a five-year, $5 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support financial aid for students from underrepresented groups as well as for diversity and inclusion initiatives at the school.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund a project examining the concept of home among women of the African diaspora. The funds will be used for an academic conference and a festival in the spring. The project is under the director of Kathy Perkins, professor of dramatic art and Tanya Shields, associate professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen its academic offerings in STEM fields. Funds will be used for pre-college enrichment activities for area students, tutoring for college students in STEM fields, curriculum development, and faculty training in STEM disciplines. The grant program is under the director of Caesar Jackson, professor of physics at North Carolina Central University. Professor Jackson is a graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in physics from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
The African Studies Center at the University of Kansas received a $140,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will support research and educational support for the more than 10,000 African immigrants currently residing in Kansas.