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.

Johnson C. Smith University, the historically Black educational institution in Charlotte, North Carolina, received a three-year, $114,279 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund student research on social problems relating to food, housing, and healthcare in neighborhoods surrounding the university. The grant project is under the direction of Philip Otieoburu, an assistant professor of bioinformatics and director of the center for Renewable Energy and Sustainability at the university.

Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in science and healthcare disciplines at the university.

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University in Georgia, received a five-year, $2,755,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue support for the university’s Upward Bound program that aims to prepare students from underrepresented groups for the rigors of college academics.

Troy University in Alabama received a $119,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create two traveling exhibits highlighting the role of women in the Montgomery Bus Boycott during the civil rights era. Once created, the two exhibits will be showcased at schools, universities, museums, and public libraries. The exhibits will be titled “The Legacy of Rosa Parks” and “Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.”


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  1. Travis Dillard says:

    Are there any grants or scholarships for African American graduate students not attending HBCU’s? I did attend a HBCU for my undergrad, however for my masters, I chose a online institution.

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