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.

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama received a $186,615 grant from Riptide Bioscience of Vallejo, California, to support doctoral students at the university involved in cancer research.

Voorhees College, the historically Black educational institution in Denmark, South Carolina, received a $100,000 gift from the Geathers Enterprises Inc. to established an endowed scholarship fund for students in business administration and accounting. The company operates airport concessions at the international airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. CEO Jerome Geathers is a 1972 alumnus of Voorhees College.

Historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina received a $250,000 gift from Mike and Wendy Brenner to establish a distinguished faculty position in the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education. The gift will be matched by the University of North Carolina board of governors. The Brenners also pledged $125,000 over five years to support student success programs at the university.


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