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 has received a $100,000 gift from the Pete and Sally Smith Foundation to support the Joseph F. Sullivan Center, a nurse-managed clinic located on the university’s campus that provides outreach to many underserved communities in South Carolina through the use of mobile health clinics. Clemson plans to use the new funds to purchase two mid-sized SUVs that it will employ to provide follow-up visits or specific health care services in conjunction with the center’s larger mobile clinic. This will enable the center to support more locations and remove barriers to care in rural communities.

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama has received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce new curricular materials, digital humanities resources, and community engagement activities focused on three 20th-century African American authors: Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, and Albert Murray. In addition to course enhancements and faculty-student research, the project will include workshops for teachers and outreach programs for the community. It will also lead to the creation of a sustainable digital humanities site to disseminate historical documents, teaching materials, and cultural artifacts.

Historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina has received a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen its programs in the humanities. The three-year grant will provide the infrastructure to support faculty development and curriculum redesign for 54 courses in art and visual studies, English, history, and music. The new curriculum will focus on learning outcomes and introduce high-impact practices such as undergraduate scholarship, internships, and creative endeavors.

Historically Black Delaware State University and other institutions of higher education across the state of Delaware have received $19.3 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation to better understand how oysters serve as an excellent coastal filter and to study marsh grasses and their capacity to survive in high salinity and absorb excess nutrients that run off into water bodies from agriculture and other land uses. Delaware State University will receive approximately $5.8 million for its part in the overall research work.

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