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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 Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences received a $2 million donation from philanthropists Joanne and William Conway that will support three new faculty positions and scholarships for nursing students at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels at the historically Black university. The donation provides five years of funding for the salaries of one full-time and two part-time nursing faculty members. It also provides scholarships for up to 15 bachelor’s degree students and up to five master’s degree students. It supports the creation of a doctor of nursing practice program at Howard, offering up to five scholarships to doctoral students who commit to teach in nursing after they graduate.

Historically Black Cheyney University of Pennsylvania announced it was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Propel Center, the global HBCU technology and learning hub, to support the university’s Bridge for Black Americans Pursuing Medicine program. Through a partnership with AtlantiCare, a health system serving southern New Jersey, 25 students majoring in biology with pre-health concentrations will participate in an immersion program during winter or summer break.

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University has been awarded a  grant from Connecticut Humanities. The grant will help fund the Black and Latino History Project, a series of working groups for Connecticut teachers to study and develop curriculum and resources.

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Found to lead other historically Black colleges and universities, some other minority-serving institutions, and local communities in a three-year project fostering Geographic Information Systems and open-data-science support for faculty and student researchers. Some funds will be used to fund a postdoctoral researcher, 45 undergraduate students, and a few graduate students to work on developing a searchable, data infrastructure on which the university can store socially and environmentally relevant data.

Historically Black Alabama State University received a five, year, $980,000 grant from the National Institute of Aging at the National Institutes of Health. Each year, 10 students from diverse groups will be exposed to aging-related educational and research preparation at Alabama State University during the regular academic year and gain summer research internships at Auburn University in Alabama.


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