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.

Tennessee State University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, has received a grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents to hold two, one-week Summer Completion Academy workshops to help incoming first-year students hone their mathematics, reading, and writing skills before they begin college. The Summer Completion Academy is under the direction of Sabrina Brown, associate director of academic success at the university.

The University of California, Irvine has received two grants totaling $300,000 from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development. The funds will be earmarked for training nurses to serve in areas of unmet need and for programs to increase the number of underrepresented students studying in healthcare fields.

Historically Black Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, received a three-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a campus-based research center promoting the industrial and social benefits of computer science. The grant program is under the director of Lloyd Williams, chair of the department of computer and information sciences at Shaw University.

Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, received a $147,734 grant from Cleveland Foundation to fund a pre-nursing program at the college to prepare incoming students for the rigors of the nursing curriculum. The program will be open to high school students in Cleveland who come from racial or ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the nursing profession.

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