Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

moneybagHere 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 School of Education at North Carolina Central University received a $1.1 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to develop training programs aimed at creating a more diverse field of high-quality education researchers. The university will partner with Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Wayne State College in Nebraska received a $350,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support the Nursing Workforce Diversity Project. The grant will provide scholarships for 20 students from underrepresented groups who have bachelor’s degrees but have not completed the necessary qualifications to become nurses.

Historically Black Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, received a $1 million donation from the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The college is appealing a decision by the regional accrediting agency that would strip the college of its accreditation. The agency is concerned with the financial strength of the college. (See JBHE post).)

The University of Illinois received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, to further develop a low-cost intervention program designed to help African Americans with a history of substance abuse and incarceration.

LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, New York, received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide free technology training for at-risk and disadvantaged young people aged 17 to 29. Training programs will include instruction in coding, software development, systems management, and other high-tech fields.

The University of Missouri at Kansas City received a $344,804 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the recruitment and retention of African American and Hispanic nursing students who will serve residents in rural Missouri.

Hampton University, the historically Black educational institution in Virginia, received a $109,837 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to conduct a series of studies regarding school choice at the K-12 level.

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond received a grant totaling nearly $1 million for a program that provides training to doctoral students studying clinical and counseling psychology. The students will receive training in delivering mental and behavioral health services to underserved populations.

Historically Black Delaware State University in Dover received a two-year $400,000 grant from Verizon to fund a summer STEM enrichment program for middle school boys from underrepresented minority groups. The student swill receive instruction in coding, robotics, 3-D design, and entrepreneurship.

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