Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Grants & Gifts

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Grants & Gifts

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A Winston-Salem State University research team has been awarded a three-year $351,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study the risk factors of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among African-American college students. Funded by the NIH - National Center on Minority Health and Disparities, the project will study the manifestation of CVD risk factors among AfricanAmerican college-age students, using WSSU students and faculty to conduct an intervention promoting healthy behaviors through the use of a mobile phone app created especially for this study in addition to other educational strategies.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has announced a gift from the Hasting Fund's new philanthropic trust for education. Established by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Hastings Fund - totaling $100 million - will distribute grants. Together, with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, UNCF will receive gifts totaling $1.5 million.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received a grant from the American Cancer Society for the development and testing of culturally based intervention programs to promote physical activity in African-American breast cancer survivors. The grant program is under the direction of Alice Yan, assistant professor of community and behavioral health promotion in the Zilber School of Public Health at the university.

Oregon State University has received a $96,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize books published by CALYX Press, one of the nations oldest feminist presses.

Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin has received $1 million from the Episcopal Foundation. The grant will be used to educate medical students and resident and practicing physicians about value-based health care and how to develop and implement new value-based, patient-centered care models.

Bill O'Reilly has awarded $1 million to endow a scholarship program at Marist College, his alma mater. The Peter P. O'Keefe, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship will provide full financial aid to one student annually beginning with an incoming member of the class of 2020.

O'Keefe was a mentor to O'Reilly and one of his professors. In addition to his cash gift, O'Reilly plans to meet with the O'Keefe Scholars to provide advice and guidance during their time at Marist.

The Graduate Center for Jewish Education at the American Jewish University in Bel Air, California, has received $100,000 over two years from the Covenant Foundation. The money will go toward Dream Lab, a program that cultivates "creative Jewish education. …

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