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.

The C0llege of Medicine at historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., received a grant from the Walter Brownley Trust Bank of America to support children with sickle cell disease and their families. There are approximately 1,500 children and youth with sickle cell disease in the Washington, D.C. region. The program will focus on increasing educational and other support services for school-age children with sickle cell disease.

Lehman College of the City University of New York announced a four-year, $200,000 grant from the Sara Little Turnbull Foundation for programs to increase the number of women and members of underrepresented groups in the field of design. The grant will expand financial and career support for students, increase existing design course offerings, and establish new lecturer positions within the department.

Historically Black Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina received a $250,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina that will be earmarked for student retention programs. The grant will allow the university to award students mini-grants or emergency funds to reduce “stop out,” temporarily breaking from the pursuit of their degrees. The students who are assisted must demonstrate that they are academically capable of maintaining their GPA requirements and are on a path to graduation as a result of the assistance.

The College of Education at historically Black Tennessee State University has received a $300,000 grant from the Tennessee Department Education to train 49 aspiring assistant principals in Middle Tennessee school districts. The funds will pay for one year of master’s degree-level education. Participants in the program will be teachers who show leadership potential and have been selected by their superintendents or principals to take part in the training. All courses in the program, which is from June 2020 to June 2021, will be offered online.


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