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.

Texas State University in San Marcos received a five-year, $843,895 grant to support Black and Hispanic women entering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Texas State will use the grant to study the effects of community wealth on minority women entering computing fields by studying their success in computing courses from eighth grade to undergraduate courses and how it translates to graduate studies or careers. Shetay N. Ashford-Henserd, an assistant professor of organization, workforce, and leadership studies is the principal investigator.

Historically Black Meharry Medical College received a three-year, $7.7 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in support of the college’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts for minority communities in Middle Tennessee.

Vanderbilt University in Nashville received a $250,000 grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to assess the differences in labor progress and care among Black and White women with low-risk pregnancies. The study, which will focus on the frequency of cesarean births among the two groups, will be the first to describe obstetric care in this way at a high-volume, academic medical center, and its findings will inform how health care providers can improve standards of care to ultimately decrease the disparity in cesarean births.

Georgia State University has received a two-year, $800,000 grant from the Early Educator Investment Collaborative to expand and diversify Georgia’s early childhood education workforce. Project SEED: Increasing the Diversity, Quality and Quantity of Our ECE Workforce, will provide pathways for culturally and linguistically diverse students to earn a four-year degree in birth through five education.

Historically Black Delaware State University received a four-year, $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Service Administration that will provide master of social work students with training and field experiences in Sussex County, a part of the state that has been identified as a high-demand area for behavioral health resources. The funding will provide stipends for 116 students enrolled in the Delaware Integrated Behavioral Health Workforce Training Program and who are completing field education placements at partner agencies in Sussex County over the next four years.

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