Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Grants Gifts

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Grants Gifts

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Xavier University has been awarded a five-year, $11.2 million grant aimed at helping research centers at minority institutions expand their capabilities.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the grant, which comes from the National Institutes of Health, is a renewal of an award the university received in 2009.

According to Xavier, the money will help the school upgrade its biomedical research capacities, especially in the area of cancer and health disparities. The school says the funds also will help enhance the scope of both internal and external collaborations.

Clark Atlanta University Trustee Delores P. Aldridge has announced a leadership gift of $150,000 to the university. Aldridge earned a bachelors degree in sociology and psychology from Clark College in 1963 and a masters degree in social work from Atlanta University in 1966. In 1971, she became the first African-American woman to receive the Ph.D. degree in sociology from Purdue University. That same year, she became the founding director of the first degree-granting African and African-American studies program at a major private university in the South, Emory University, as well as the first African-American woman to receive a tenure-track faculty position there.

In appreciation of her largesse, Clark Atlanta University will name the auditorium in its Thomas W. Cole Center for Research in Science and Technology.

Fayetteville State University (FSU) announced Nicholas Perkins has made a $1 million gift to FSU in support of the $25 million Campaign for Fayetteville State University: From a Proud Legacy to a 21st Century University.

Perkins is a 2003 graduate of FSU and president and founder of Perkins Management Services Company. In October 2012, he made a donation in the amount of $100,000 to FSU's School of Business and Economics. The money is being used to train young entrepreneurs.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) announced a $600,000 grant from the Wahnart Foundation to help with scholarships for students attending publicly supported HBCUs. The grant will support TMCFs Annual Leadership Institute, strengths-based coaching and mentorship for low-income students, and first-generation scholarships for freshman college students at TMCFs 47 member schools.

Bethune-Cookman University announced a $1 million planned gift from foe Petrock, a member of the university's Board of Trustees and executive director of the philanthropic arm of Florida-based health care corporation Halifax Health. …

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