The Community College of Baltimore County is one of five institutions that will share a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a Regional Center of Excellence in Biomanufacturing. The grant, which runs for four years, enables CCBC and its partner institutions — New Hampshire Technical and Community College, Finger Lakes Community College in New York, Montgomery College in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island Community College and Minute Man Technical High School in Massachusetts — to train the next generation of technicians for the growing biotechnology and biomanufacturing industry.
Duke University (N.C.) received a $2 million gift from Christian Laettner and Brian Davis, members of Duke University’s first two national championship basketball teams, to support a men’s basketball scholarship and a planned new athletics facility. A scholarship will be endowed with $750,000 of the gift. The joint gift makes the pair the 27th partners of the Legacy Fund, an organization that endows scholarships and provides other support for the basketball program. Each Legacy Fund member has committed at least $1 million to the program. The remaining $1.25 million will support a new Duke basketball practice and training facility to be built behind Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Howard University (Washington D.C.) School of Law received a $65,000 grant from the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in a continuing effort to support diversity in the Washington, D.C., community. The contribution will go to support annual operations of the law school. Huston-Tillotson University (Texas) received a $248,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Minority Health to support the Systems of Care and Wraparound Training Institute. The programs work with The Children’s Partnership to meet the social, behavioral, health and emotional needs of children and their families.
Miami Dade College and Florida International University partnered to receive a $1.3 million grant titled “Expanded Nursing Capacity and Diversity Initiative” from the Florida Department of Education. The grant is a collaborative effort between MDC and FIU to address the critical shortage of registered nurses and nursing faculty in the region.
The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund received a $361,460 grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education to provide services and training that will improve and increase the administration of financial aid at public HBCUs. The goal of the partnership is to enhance students’ access to pertinent financial aid information at 20 of TMSF’s 47 member schools.
The University of California, Irvine Department of Mathematics received a $2.5 million gift from the California Community Foundation to establish the “UCI Excellence in Teaching Chair in Mathematics.” The new chair will be used to attract a distinguished research mathematician who will take a leadership role in the preparation of science and mathematics teachers for California’s public schools.
The University of California, Los Angeles Library received a $190,000 grant from Getty Foundation, a program of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, for the processing and cataloging of five major collections that document art and architecture in Los Angeles during the 20th century.
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Center for Minority Health has received a $500,000 matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in support of its Healthy Black Family Project, an intervention designed to prevent diabetes and hypertension in African-American neighborhoods in Pittsburgh’s East End. The Pittsburgh Foundation, DSF Charitable Foundation, Highmark Foundation and the Poise Foundation together provided an additional $900,000 for a total of $1.4 million to support the Healthy Black Family Project.
Virginia State University received three grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling nearly $598,000 to improve the University’s science and engineering programs and, ultimately, increase the number of minorities in these fields.
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