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. Vanderbilt University in Nashville received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support research on racial disparities in Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The funds will be used to develop and test recruiting materials aimed at encouraging older African Americans to participate in Alzheimer’s research. The project is under the direction of Rena╠â A.S. Robinson, an associate professor of chemistry. Dr. Robinson is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University. Alabama State University received a $294,725 U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services grant. The funds will be used for programs to help more students succeed and graduate from the university. The programs include academic tutoring, financial aid advice, and career and college mentoring. Alumni Jeff and Sarah Joerres have committed $1.5 million to Marquette University in Milwaukee. Half of the donation will be earmarked for study abroad opportunities, paid internships, and experiential learning trips for first-generation college students from underrepresented groups. The National Science Foundation has made a $1 million grant to...