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.

Four historically Black colleges and universities have received nearly $2 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency.

  • Clark Atlanta University received $499,497 to develop a STEM entrepreneurship curriculum that increases student interest in innovation economy at three Atlanta University Center Consortium campuses.
  • Howard University has received $359,891 to design a technical support model for 11 HBCUs to compete in federal research and development funds and leverage partnerships with federal laboratories.
  • South Carolina State University has received $404,992 to launch regional training sessions for HBCUs to compete for federal research and development funds.
  • Tougaloo College has received $695,412 to establish a partnership among multiple HBCUs, private companies, federal labs, and research institutions to increase capacity for HBCUs to participate in federal research and contracting opportunities.

A research team from Pennsylvania State University, has received a $204,528 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to conduct research on reducing inequality in youth outcomes. The project will create a comprehensive state and institutional-level policy dataset that represents variation in 20 years of performance based funding  policies across 35 states. The effort will provide detailed data that will allow researchers to more accurately analyze the degree to which such policies exacerbate or reduce income and racial/ethnic disparities in college persistence and graduation outcomes.

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University received a $243,648 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation that will provide scholarships for four undergraduate women in the fields of cyber-physical systems and mathematics. The grant is part of the Clare Boothe Luce Program that provides financial aid for women in the physical sciences and engineering. Ronald A. Johnson, president of Clark Atlanta university, stated that “we graciously thank the foundation for advancing our mission to be culturally relevant and academically competitive, igniting new possibilities for women in STEM.

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