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 Kentucky State University in Frankfort received a $113,451 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund the National Summer Transportation Institute on campus. The grant program is under the direction of Travella Free, an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture, Food Science & Sustainable Systems.

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond received a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the association between physicians’ communication behaviors and the health outcomes of African American patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Bethune-Cookman University, the historically Black educational institution in Daytona Beach, Florida, received a $237,973 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue funding for the university’s Developing Quantitative Expertise in the Undergraduate Biology Curriculum (QEUBiC).

Mills College, the liberal arts education institution for women in Oakland, California, received a two-year, $100,000 grant from JP Morgan Chase to support the Ascend 2020 Bay Area collaborative. The effort will provide technical and financial assistance to small businesses owned by women and people of color in the Bay Area.

Bowie State University, the historically Black educational institution in Maryland, received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to train students from underrepresented groups in cybersecurity. The grant will be used to develop an interactive cybersecurity simulator.

Historically Black Alcorn State University in Mississippi received a $1 million grant from the Mississippi Department of Human Services to strengthen programs for academic and development support programs for student athletes. The grant will fund the hiring of individuals to staff the university’s Strengthening Student Athletes and Family Enhancement (SAFE) program.

North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro will share a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an I-Corps site in Greensboro. The program funds the commercialization of university research projects that will benefit society. The university of North Carolina at Greensboro will be a partner in the venture.

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