Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Professors at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering have received a $960,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research in robotics. The professors will conduct research on advanced manufacturing using 3D printing.

Duke University received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a study of economic mobility in post-apartheid South Africa. The research will focus on difficulties faced by Black South Africans to enter professional fields. The research is under the direction of Anne-Maria Makhulu, an associate professor of cultural anthropology and a professor of African and American studies at Duke.

Historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham received a $250,000 donation from alumnus and trustee Michael P. Johnson to establish an endowment to support the university’s School of Business. The donation was matched with grants from the University of North Carolina General Administration and the U.S. Department of Education.

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study the legacies of slavery, racism, and discrimination. The money will be used to establish a center for racial justice, hire faculty experts, bring visiting lecturers to campus, and support graduate and postdoctoral research in the field.

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