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 University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the historically Black educational institution in Princess Anne, received a five-year, $2.5 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to address longstanding barriers of institutional racism and a lack of diversity in STEM and support sustained efforts to make these fields of education more equitable and accessible. The university will utilize the funds to create a new program called Students Achieving Results in Science (STEM STARS), a supportive living-learning community based in a residence hall. The project will also include internship programs for STEM students.

The University of Notre Dame is the lead institution in a research grant from the National Cancer Institute for a project entitled “Adapting a point of use test card, the chemoPAD, for protecting chemotherapy drug quality in sub-Saharan Africa.” The goal of the research is to validate a new technology for detecting inferior-quality chemotherapy products at the point of use in four countries; Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, and Cameroon.

Trinity Church Wall Street recently donated $250,000 to historically Black Voorhees University in Denmark, South Carolina. The gift will be used to provide scholarships to students. Voorhees offers academic, athletic, and need-based scholarships. Trinity Church Wall Street is a growing and inclusive Episcopal parish in New York City. In 2024, the university will celebrate its 100-year relationship with the Episcopal Church.

Lincoln University, the historically Black educational institution in Jefferson City, Missouri, received a $2.9 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The grant money will provide each of Lincoln’s 1,236 full-time students a laptop and add new technology to more than 40 classrooms. Additionally, Lincoln University, will use the funds to subsidize internet service and equipment for eligible low-income students, hire a full-time student technology coordinator, and extend technology support services to evenings and weekends.


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