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Eastern Washington University has received a $500,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation to help equip the university’s new Computing and Engineering Building. Half of the funds will be used to purchase scientific equipment, while the other half will go towards an endowment to replace and maintain current equipment.

Holy Names University (Calif.) has received a $30,000 grant from the San Francisco Foundation to help fund the school’s nursing programs. The one-year grant will be used to provide scholarships to nursing students from underrepresented populations.

The Howard University (D.C.) Center for Accounting Education has received the second installment of a $60,000 grant from the National Association of Black Accountants. The grant will be used to help increase the number of Howard students who enter the accounting profession. The university also received a $992,004 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to establish a Center for Foreign Language Study. The center will work to promote foreign language study, particularly Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, among students from elementary school to college.

The Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. has received a $20,000 SBC Excelerator Technology Grant to fund the construction and implementation of the Instructional Support Network. The network will foster collaboration and improve instructional technologies for the state’s 31 independent colleges and universities.

Loyola University Chicago has received a combined $20 million gift from the MacNeal Health Foundation and William J. Hank and his wife, Joan. The gift is the largest ever received by the university. The $10 million contributed by the MacNeal Health Foundation will support programs in the schools of education and nursing. The other half of the gift will fund other university priorities.

Michigan State University is one of four universities to share a $600,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to strengthen the programs and projects of the Midwest Consortium for Black Studies. The other institutions are the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin and Carnegie Mellon University. MSU will use its portion of the grant to develop African-American studies programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Nine California community colleges will divide a $3.5 million grant recently awarded by the James Irvine Foundation. MDRC, a social policy research organization, will administer the funds to American River College; the College of Alameda; DeAnza College; Merced College; Santa Ana College; Taft College; Victor Valley College; and Mt. San Antonio College. The grant will fund programs aimed at
low-income and racially diverse students in each of the schools.

North Carolina Central University has been awarded a $164,372 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Student Science Enrichment Program. NCCU was one of 14 institutions to receive the award, which it will use to support its “Students Making Another Science Success Story” program. The fund will be distributed over three years.

Raritan Valley Community College (N.J.) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the New Jersey Office of Clean Energy for its new energy-efficient power plant expansion. The grant comes from a joint program by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to help public institutions and businesses make the transition to renewable energy systems and energy efficient equipment.

Rice University (Texas) has been awarded a five-year $2.2 million grant by the National Science Foundation to offset costs for the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Research and Education program. The project will investigate the optical properties of a specific kind of semiconductor. Rice received one of 12 grants given out by the NSF this year for its International Research and Education program.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (N.Y.) was recently awarded a three-year $600,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support the center’s Junior Scholar Program. The program features workshops, special events, tutoring and forums featuring Black professionals. The Schomburg Center is a national research library devoted to the history and experiences of Blacks worldwide.

Southern University (La.) has received a $1.87 million grant from the National Institutes of Health as part of the Louisiana State University Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence. The collaborative, five-year program, led by LSU, is part of an NIH biomedical research award designed to provide funding for research capacity building in states that have not participated fully in the research programs of NIH.

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