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.

The University of Washington received a four-year, $682,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for programs to create a pipeline for minority candidates for jobs at academic presses. Participating in the program will be the University of Washington Press, MIT Press, the University of Georgia Press, Duke University Press, and the Association of American University Presses.

Ekwaro-OsireTexas Tech University in Lubbock received a $1.1 million grant from the German Agency for International Cooperation to establish a center for excellence in civil engineering and construction technology at the Jimma Institute of Technology in Ethiopia. The grant program is under the direction of Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, associate dean of research and graduate programs for the College of Engineering at Texas Tech. Dr. Ekwaro-Osire holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham will share at $9.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop strategies for reducing hypertension among low-income African Americans in rural areas of southeastern states.

Bowie State University, the historically Black educational institution in Maryland, received a $445,000 grant from the U.S. Army Research Office. The grant money will fund the purchase of a new supercomputer that will be used for research on cybersecurity, computer forensics, and the life sciences.

JPetersonLehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, received a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund an endowment to expand the Africana studies program at the university. The grant program is under the direction of James B. Peterson, associate professor of English and director of the Africana studies program at the university. Dr. Peterson is a graduate of Duke University and holds a Ph.D. in English language and literatures from the University of Pennsylvania.

william-harvey-thumbHampton University, the historically Black educational institution in Virginia, received a $100,000 donation from Dr. and Mrs. William R. Harvey for support of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute. William R. Harvey is president of Hampton University. To date, the Harveys have donated more than $3 million to Hampton University.


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