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Grants & Awards

Florida Memorial College recently received a $500,000 grant from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs. The grant was awarded to enhance the future Florida Memorial College Performing Arts Center, specifically Phase I of the project, which includes construction of an orchestra pit and increased seating capacity.

Morgan State University has received $1.5 million from an alum — the largest gift in the school’s history — to begin a fine arts endowment. The gift comes from James H. Gilliam Jr., a Baltimore native who graduated from Morgan State in 1967 and now works as a lawyer and financial consultant in Wilmington, Del. The donation comes as Morgan State is building a $40 million fine arts center. The income from the endowment will support education in the arts and help bring nationally known artists to the new center, scheduled for completion next year.

Morehouse College has received $700,000 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to attract and retain students in science; increase research opportunities for students; and increase professional development for current faculty members.

South Carolina State University’s Department of Physical Sciences was awarded a $1.2 million grant by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The funds will be used to enhance the astrophysics program at the university. In addition, the university received $6,000 from the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses to go toward scholarships for six nursing students.

Winston-Salem State University’s School of Health Sciences has received a $300,000 grant to expand the delivery of primary health-care services for low-income area residents. The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust grant will fund health-care delivery through the university’s Wellness Centers. The focus of the services that the center will offer is to help reduce the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS, death by coronary disease, cancer deaths and teen-age pregnancies in the medically under-served population. The center also will seek to increase the number of child immunizations.

The University of South Florida’s special education department has received a $5 million grant, to be given over five years, from the U.S. Department of Education to develop and implement a definitive research agenda in urban special education.  

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