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 Morgan State University in Baltimore received a $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will be used to fund scholarships for 24 undergraduate and graduate students in the field of cybersecurity. The grant program is under the direction of Kevin T. Kornegay, a professor and director of the Cybersecurity Assurance and Policy Center at the university.

The University of Maine School of Nursing received a 41.7 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration for programs aimed at increasing the diversity of the nursing profession in Maine. The grant will address the need to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from financially disadvantaged and underrepresented ethnic and racial minorities in Maine and, ultimately, help address the state’s shortage of nurses.

With the support of a multi-year gift from the partners at Morgan Lewis, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School has established the Morgan Lewis Impact Fund for Racial Justice. The $250,000 fund will provide financial support to racial justice and anti-racism efforts at the Law School, expanding initiatives to advance racial justice in the classroom, in the community, and in the profession. Founded in Philadelphia in 1873, Morgan, Lewis is a global law firm with more than 2,200 legal professionals in 31 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Three historically Black educational institutions – Meharry Medical College, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tennessee State University – are sharing a three-year, $1.2 million grant from Baxter International, the medical products firm. The grant will support Black students pursuing health and science degrees with the goal of expanding the pipeline of Black health care professionals.

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