Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans


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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. Southern University alumnus and Southern University System Foundation trustee Irving Matthews has donated $1 million to the historically Black university to expand programming creating the Southern University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. The gift will also provide seed funding for the construction of a new state-of-the-art 14,000 square foot building that will house the Center’s operations. Spelman College, a liberal arts educational institution for Black women in Atlanta, received a $7.5 million donation from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation. The donation will fund the establishment of the Diana King Endowed Professors in Film and Filmmaking, Television, and Related Media. The gift will endow a scholarship program for junior applicants and rising seniors enrolled in Spelman’s documentary film program. Mark Vergnano, CEO of global chemistry company The Chemours Company, and his wife Betsy have made a $3 million donation to the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut for programs to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields. The Vergnano Institute for Inclusion will build upon the school’s...