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.

Dr. Sam Dagogo-JackThe University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue its Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. The program includes a study of a racially diverse group of older Memphis residents. The research is under the direction of Samuel Dagogo-Jack, the director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore received a $205,000 grant from the Goldseker Foundation that will further fund the Goldseker Fellows Program, an initiative to support students enrolled in the university’s School of Graduate Studies.

Okianer DarkHoward University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., received a four-year, $755,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support leadership initiatives and academic programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The grant program will be under the director of Okianer Christian Dark, a professor of law and associate provost at the university. Professor Dark is a graduate of the now closed Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey, and earned a law degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Wayne State University in Detroit received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for programs to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups in science programs at the university. The grant will support the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development, which was established in 1978 as the Minority Biomedical Research Support program.

Historically Black Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, received a $150,000 grant from the Cannon Foundation of Concord, North Carolina. The foundation was established by Charles A. Cannon, who, in the 1920s,  established Cannon Mills Inc., which became the nation’s largest manufacturer of home textiles such as towels and sheets. The funds will be used to upgrade heating and air conditioning systems in student residence halls.


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