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 North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the university’s Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program. The program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who pursue doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

The University of Virginia received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a program that seeks to educate students and parents in 11 elementary schools on gifted education programs with the goal of increasing the participation of minority students in these programs.

The University of Oregon has allocated $4 million over the next five years to expand fellowships for doctoral students at the university. The funding will support the university’s Promising Scholar Awards which are used to recruit graduate students of diverse backgrounds to the university.

Tulane University in New Orleans received a $7.2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation for family planning research and programming in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo give birth to an average of six children during their lifetimes.


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