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.

The Atlanta University Center Consortium received a $500,000 grant from Genetech that will be used to fund programs to address the underrepresentation of Black students pursuing graduate degrees in engineering. The funds will allow the AUCC to pilot the development of a 4+1 (B.S. to M.S.) dual-degree engineering program.

Historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina received a $5.8 million donation from the Anonymus Trust, that was established to serve the educational needs of rural and underserved communities in eastern North Carolina. The funds will be used for need-based scholarships, a summer bridge program for incoming students, a summer school program for local K-12 students, and a literacy tutoring program for young school students in the surrounding area.

Nineteen HBCUs will benefit from a $30 million, five-year program funded by JPMorgan Chase to continue the Student Financial Hardship Fund launched by the firm in February 2020, in partnership with the UNCF and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The program helps students attending any of the HBCU member schools to cover the cost of personal finance emergencies that might otherwise prohibit them from continuing their education.

Historically Black Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help fund the university’s Upward Bound program. The funds will be used to provide weekly academic tutoring services to students at Jefferson High School in Jefferson Township, Ohio, and Meadowdale and Thurgood Marshall High Schools in Dayton, with the goal of preparing these students for college.

Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, received a $1.25 million grant from the Abrams Foundation to collect important untold stories about the history of racial slavery from around the world — revealing how that history still shapes society today. Researchers will conduct oral history interviews in several countries where the legacies of racial slavery still reverberate. Then a digital archive of these interviews will be created.

The Atlanta University Center Consortium received a $500,000 grant from Genetech that will be used to fund programs to address the underrepresentation of Black students pursuing graduate degrees in engineering. The funds will allow the AUCC to pilot the development of a 4+1 (B.S. to M.S.) dual-degree engineering program.

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