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Grants & Awards

The City College of New York received a five-year $12.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health through the Research Centers for Minority Institutions initiative. The grant, which is retroactive to August 2005, provides $2.2 million in year one funding with recommendations for an additional $10.3 million over the life of the grant. 

The New Teacher Academy, part of Columbia University’s Teachers College Innovations, received a grant of $350,000 from Jones New York In The Classroom Inc., a not-for-profit corporation formed earlier this year for the purpose of supporting teachers and improving education for children. Grant funds, which will be applied for the 2005-2006 academic year, will bring the New Teacher Academy into four new areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Prince George’s County, Md., while funding a continuing program in metropolitan New York.

Delaware State University’s Applied Optics Center received $630,000 from the U.S. Defense Department to establish a multi-disciplinary research collaboration project with cancer researchers from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. The ultimate goal of the three-year research program is to develop a test that will enable health professionals to diagnose ovarian cancer in its very earliest stages.

The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) Graduate School of Political Management received a $225,000 grant from the SBC Foundation to fund scholarships for American Indian students attending the political leadership-development program of its Semester in Washington program.

Hagerstown Community College received a $37,245 grant from the Verizon Foundation to purchase 40 laptop computers and two storage carts, which will function as mobile computer labs.

Kentucky State University received a $137,143 grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service to support the rehabilitation/restoration of Jackson Hall, the oldest building on KSU’s campus. Funds for this grant were earmarked by Congress for the preservation of historic buildings located on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities.

The Juilliard School (N. Y.) received a $25 million grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation. The gift will be added to Juilliard’s $150 million “Second Century Fund” capital campaign. The school has renamed its primary and largest theater The Peter Jay Sharp Theater in recognition of the gift.

The Lumina Foundation for Education granted $28.9 million to six organizations in support of their work with Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a national initiative to help more community college students succeed, particularly students of color and low-income students. The six organizations include: The American Association of Community Colleges, $4.4 million; The Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas-Austin, $3.7 million; The Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, $3.7 million; Jobs for the Future (JFF), $5.5 million; MDC Inc., $5.9 million; and MDRC, $5.6 million to conduct a four-year evaluation of the primary outcomes of the initiative.

The National Association of Black Accountants received a $25,000 grant from Tyson Foods Inc. to support various NABA events in 2006 at the local and national levels. Among the events are student conferences that bring together hundreds of minority business students.

The University of North Texas received a grant of $500,000 from the Noyce Foundation to support the UNT Science and Mathematics Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, a joint effort by Denton, Richardson and Irving Independent School Districts and the North Texas Rural School Consortium.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Inc. (Washington, D.C.) received $1 million from Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas to help build a King memorial in the nation’s capital. More than $40 million of the $100 million needed to complete the project has been raised.

The Winston-Salem State University Center for Community Safety received a $550,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase the capacity of small faith- and community-based organizations to work with at-risk youth. The project establishes the center as one of 20 intermediaries in the country through which assistance and financial support will be funneled to help improve smaller community groups from distressed neighborhoods.

The Yale School of Medicine has received a $10 million four-year grant from the National Institutes on Child Health and Human Development to fund research initiatives in preterm births.

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