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.

NSBEThe National Society of Black Engineers received a three-year, $2 million grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation for a program to increase the number of Black students pursuing degree programs in engineering. The society will partner with Florida A&M University, North Carolina A&T State University and Howard University to provide scholarship funds, internships, and professional development support for Black graduate students in engineering. The first cohort of 24 Northrop Grumman Corporation/National Society of Black Engineering Scholars will be selected in December.

MSU-MaliMichigan State University received a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development for programs to battle hunger and improve nutrition in the African nation of Mali. Steven Haggblade, a professor of international development at Michigan State who is in Mali helping lead the project, stated “we are excited about working with our local Malian partners at the Institut d’Economie Rural and the Institut Polytechnique Rural on important policy issues affecting the productivity and welfare of Malian farmers.”

Historically Black Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, received a $100,000 grant from the General Baptist State Convention to make renovations to the Thomas J. Boyd Chapel on campus. The funds were earmarked for updated lighting, a new lobby and restrooms, improvements to the music and sound systems, new front doors, and fresh carpeting.

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