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.

Howard University in Washington, D.C. received a $175,641 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to develop virtual services for the display of art in its permanent collections that is in storage, on loan, or otherwise not exhibited. “The Howard University collection of African and African American art is one of the finest of its kind in the world and, ironically, one of the least known. This grant will go far in helping us to share the amazing Howard University art collection with the world,” said Lisa Farrington, associate dean of the department of fine arts at the university.

Pennsylvania State University received a $3.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant is intended to support and expand a set of programs focused on Black studies and racial justice that includes the Colored Conventions Project and the Center for Black Digital Research. It builds on existing programs in the college related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore has received a three-year, $300,000 commitment from The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company to provide support to students pursuing degrees in construction management and engineering with a focus on construction. The funds will provide financial assistance to students in the university’s Civil Engineering and Construction Management programs so that they can stay in school and earn their degrees.

The Atlanta University Center‘s Robert W. Woodruff Library received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a project entitled: “Building Capacity, Ethical Documentation and Archiving of Student Activism in Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Communities.” The project will advance the community archiving of social justice initiatives among former and current college and university students of color. The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library supports students at Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, has received a $100,000 grant from the State Employee’s Credit Union Foundation so that the university’s Career and Professional Development Center can provide paid internships for 20 students. The program is designed to connect interested, talented undergraduate students with local leaders for meaningful on-the-job experience with community agencies or organizations, while allowing them to give back to their communities.


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  1. HBCU Watch says:

    How is it possible for a WHITE majority owned company that has literally made Millions from Morgan State University over the course of years Finally decide to Donate a few pennies(i.e., 300K over the course of three years. Can you say Tax write off?) to the university?

    In lieu of this paltry sum, the misguided and malfeasance Morgan State administrator’s are literally smiling from “ear to ear” along with congratulating one another. In my view, whoever negotiated this deal should be immediately relieved of their duties and escorted off the campus.

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