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.

Clemson University in South Carolina received a $398,263 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on factors that both encourage and discourage Black students from pursuing studies and careers in engineering. The study will also see if there are gender differences in academic pathways to engineering for Black students.

Historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina received a $1,000,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina that will be used for technology infrastructure and for student scholarships at the university’s Division of Nursing.

Albany State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a research project entitled, “Introducing Electrochemistry in Hydrophobic Media Using Weakly Coordinating Cations.” The goal is to increase research opportunities for undergraduate students at the HBCU.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham received a $250,000 grant from the Encompass Health Corporation to establish the Endowed Scholars Fund for Diversity in Rehabilitation Sciences. The program will provide scholarships to students from underrepresented groups in occupational and physical therapy.


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