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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.

Spelman College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution for women in Atlanta, received a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a $500,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for programs aimed at the development of its faculty. “Faculty are the heart of a liberal arts education. At historically Black colleges and universities, heavy teaching loads often get in the way of professional development, time for research and/or creative production. Yet, time for these activities not only keeps faculty current in their fields, but provides undergraduate research opportunities for our students,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College.

The state of North Carolina has allocated $5.2 million to historically Black Elizabeth City State University to repair damage to the university’s infrastructure as a result of Hurricane Dorian. Water infiltrated more than 11 buildings on campus. The repairs caused by the storm are required to correct interior damage and to prevent any water infiltration damage in the future, which includes new roofs, exterior wall repairs, and other structural work.

North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received a $1.5 million grant from the Weaver Foundation. The funds will be used to create the H. Michael Weaver Endowment in International Programs at the university. The H. Michael Weaver Endowment will help to meet the funding needs of university students who might not otherwise be able to participate in global experience and education abroad programs.




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