Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

HBCU Projects Win Federal Funds

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

HBCU Projects Win Federal Funds

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WASHINGTON -- Political posturing and budget battles are the norm today on Capitol Hill. But that hasn't stopped lawmakers of both parties from designating special federal grants to pet projects, including several designed to help students at historically Black colleges.

The latest example is the year 2000 spending bill for the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and various independent agencies.

Tucked deep inside the thick document are dozens of special earmarks for colleges, mostly through HUD's Community Development Block Grant program. The final block-grant plan includes direct earmarks of $10 million for HBCUs and $6.5 million for Hispanic-serving institutions.

The bill then sets aside funds for hundreds of cities, community groups and colleges. Among HBCUs, highlights include:

* $250,000 for Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the construction and development of a health and wellness facility.

* $100,000 for Nicholls State University in Louisiana for expansion and development of a family and consumer science program.

* $200,000 for Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala., for the renovation of historic buildings on campus.

* $700,000 for Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla. …

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