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.

Historically Black Delaware State University received a $1 million grant from Bank of America to help students of color successfully complete the education and training necessary to enter the workforce. The university will use the funds to enhance existing programs into an integrated set of career pathways to meet specific skills gaps, increase internship opportunities, and develop stronger career-related networks that ultimately lead to good-paying jobs in a variety of disciplines and companies.

Historically Black Hampton University in Virginia received a three-year, $1,125,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to deploy and test evidence-based interventions to increase diversity in biomedical careers. The grant will be under the direction of Oluwatoyin Ajibola Asojo, chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department at Hampton University.

The National Institutes of Health awarded a $8.7 million grant to Tulane University in New Orleans to study whether churches can play a significant role in helping to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities among African Americans. Tulane will recruit and train community health workers to implement a comprehensive health and lifestyle coaching program for congregants in predominantly African American churches in New Orleans and Bogalusa, Louisiana. The program will focus on healthy eating, exercise, weight-loss, improving cholesterol numbers, addressing high blood pressure, and controlling other risk factors.

Jackson State University’s department of counseling, rehabilitation and psychometric services in the College of Education and Human Development has received a nearly $1 million grant over five years from the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration. The grant proceeds will be used to fund the university’s Rehabilitation Counseling Long-Term Training Project, which helps educate students to serve Mississippi’s special-needs population. Frank L. Giles, professor and director of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program, will also serve as the project director.

North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are sharing a $3 million grant from National Nuclear Security Administration to develop devices that can find defects in nuclear facilities as they age.

A gift from alumnus Evan Spiegel and his family will create a permanent source of funding for the Black Community Services Center and Ujamaa House on the campus of Stanford University. The donation will fund significant expansion of the educational, leadership, and cultural programs provided by the BCSC and Ujamaa.

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