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.

Central State University, a historically Black educational institution in Wilberforce, Ohio, received a three-year, $748,735 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will fund the Mathematics Learning Center. The center will be staffed with a full-time coordinator, as well as more than 10 professional and peer tutors to help students with math courses.

Calvin E. Tyler Jr. and his wife Tina Tyler have donated $15 million to expand the Calvin and Tina Tyler Endowed Scholarship at Morgan State University. The fund was established in 2002 and the Tylers donated $5 million in  2016. Since founded, the endowment has financially supported 222 Morgan students with 46 full-tuition and 176 partial scholarships. Charles Tyler was a student at Morgan State in the early 1960s but had to drop out for financial reasons. In 1964, he became one of the first 10 UPS drivers in Baltimore. He worked his way up to become senior vice president of operations before his retirement in 1998.

Historically Black Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama, received two grants totaling $350,000 from the Mobile County Commission for the naming rights for the Advanced Manufacturing Center Lecture Hall and the Health Sciences Facility Nursing Simulation Suite. The funds will be used to furnish and equip the two facilities.

Georgia Southern University received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a research project entitled, “The Role of Museums in the Landscape of Minority Representation.” The research will explore how African American history and culture are presented at African American history museums.

Professor Mason

Gesel Mason, an associate professor of dance at the University of Texas, and Rebecca Salzer, an associate professor of dance and director of the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative at the University of Alabama, have been awarded a grant for just under $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support an ongoing digital project to archive the work of Black choreographers.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama, received a six-year, $3.6 million grant from the IDEXX Foundation. IDEXX Laboratories is a global leader in veterinary diagnostics and software. The grant will fund nine full scholarships, mental health support for veterinary students, emergency funding for students in need, and monies for important capital improvements at the College of Veerinary Medicine.


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