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.

MorrisonOberlin College in Ohio has received a $250,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation that will enable faculty in the college’s cinema studies program to complete a documentary film on Princeton University professor emerita and Nobel laureate, Toni Morrison. The film is entitled The Foreigner’s Home and is based on comments Professor Morrison made in France a decade ago about being a “foreigner.”

Historically Black Bowie State University in Maryland received $2.5 million in federal grants for programs to increase the number of special education teachers who work with diverse student populations. The grants will fund scholarships for students in the university’s Special Education Early Development (SEED) project.

Jackson State University, the historically Black educational institution in Mississippi, received a grant from Nissan North America Inc. to support STEM degree programs in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. The grant will fund recruitment efforts to pursue students interested in careers in STEM disciplines.

Historically Black North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro received a four-year, $1 million grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The grant will fund research by the School of Education and the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences to promote healthy lifestyles among diverse populations in North Carolina.

Morgan State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore, received a $517,000 grant from The Travelers Companies to fund the Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment (EDGE) program in the university’s business and science schools. Under the program, students will receive financial aid, mentoring, leadership development training, and networking opportunities. The grant will also support the two summer programs at the university for high school students interested in math and science or accounting and finance.

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