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.

A partnership between East Carolina University and historically Black Fayetteville State University has secured more than $1.3 million in grant funding from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to address regional public health needs.  The partnership will fund scholarships for students from the state’s minority serving institutions – historically Black colleges and universities and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke – to enter East Carolina University’s public health, environmental health, health education and promotion, biology, and biotechnology graduate programs.

The University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland School of Medicine have received a five-year, $13.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to enhance the recruitment and training of junior faculty from groups underrepresented in biomedical science. The grant will enable the universities to hire a group of four faculty members at UMBC and six at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, each of whom will have cross-campus appointments at both institutions.

Historically Black Delaware State University has received a five-year, $5.7 million National Institute of Health grant to continue the support of the work of the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research. The grant will allow the Neuroscience Center to build on its success in growing the number of Delaware neuroscientists who receive external grant funding for their research on understanding the brain.

Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, received a five-year, $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund the cluster hiring of new faculty from underrepresented groups in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular, and brain and behavioral sciences. The grant, along with support from Northwestern, will allow the university to hire 15 new tenure-track faculty, and will deploy innovative strategies to ensure the success of faculty members from historically underrepresented populations.

Nuna Baby Essentials Inc. is donating $1 million to Howard University to support the women’s basketball and men’s basketball teams. The Nuna donation is earmarked for renovations to the coaches’ offices and locker rooms in Burr Gymnasium on the Howard University campus.


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