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.

Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, received a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support its Applying Scientific Knowledge (ASK) program. The program seeks to expand undergraduate research opportunities for a diverse group of students. The funds will be used to provide scholarships and summer research internships.

The University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff, a historically Black educational institution, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support its Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students (LIONS) program. LIONS is a summer bridge program for students admitted to the university to help them adjust to college life  and prepare them for college-level curriculum. There are 200 places in the LIONS program for incoming students.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham received a $20.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support its Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. The program began in 2003.

Historically Black Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to revamp the general education curriculum in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Winston-Salem State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, received a six-year, $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of African American students in graduate programs at the university. The funds will be used for scholarships for students in six master’s degree programs: occupational therapy, healthcare administration, nursing, rehabilitation counseling, teaching, and computer science and information technology.

Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, received a $1,250,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to provide summer-time undergraduate research opportunities in the humanities and social sciences for students from underrepresented groups.


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