Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans in Higher Education

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 S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation has been awarded a grant by the Small Business Administration to establish the Winston-Salem State University Women’s Business Center at the historically Black university in North Carolina. The project will include the addition of a full-time program director for the Women’s Business Center to provide classes to the current incubator occupants and entrepreneurs in the community who are start-ups or existing businesses. The expansion will also promote access to SBA grant and loan programs, an advisory committee of mentors, and resources to address barriers to economic mobility.

The University of Houston has received a $500,000 gift from the Thomas Michael Panos Family Estate to establish the “The Panos Family Endowed Lecture in Equity and Social Justice” in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to sustain ongoing conversations on contemporary topics that are relevant to society.

Historically Black Hampton University in Virginia received a $337,500 grant from the PSEG Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the energy company. This funding will provide qualifying students from New Jersey an opportunity to attend the Hampton University School of Engineering and Technology.

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