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Grants & Awards

At Tuskegee University’s “Investment for the Future” conference (from left), University President Dr. Benjamin Payton; Dr. Woodrow Myers, director of Ford Motor Company’s Healthcare Management; Edsel B. Ford II; and Erroll Jackson, Ford liaison to Tuskegee.

Tuskegee University has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Ford Motor Company. The grant which will be awarded over the next five years, will be used to help renovate Tukegee’s College of Business, Organization and Management, and to expand the university’s state of the art information technology resources and services.

Rust College and Virginia Union University have each been awarded $1 million grants from the Lilly Endowment-United Negro College Fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program. The Rust College grant will be used to establish two chairs in the departments of education and humanities. Virginia Union will use its grant to support student scholarships, an endowment, and faculty development.

Southeast Missouri State University Foundation has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Southwestern Bell Foundation. The grant will be used to enhance technical education over a broad area at Southeast Missouri State University.

Delaware State University’s School of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Family and Consumer Sciences has been awarded a $127,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for its “Career Enrichment Program.” The school also received a $10,000 grant from Zeneca Products, Inc. to establish a scholarship for students majoring in agriculture.

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has been awarded a $100,000 donation from former Kenan professor emeritus of environmental sciences and engineering, Dr. Daniel A. Okun, and his wife Beth. The gift will be used for the university’s new Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center building.

Central State University was awarded $42,600 in support of its scholarship fund from the Tom Joyner Foundation. The university was featured during the month of March on ABC Radio’s syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, which took donations from call-in supporters.

With check for Jackson State University (from left), Dr. Brenda K. Thompson, University President Dr. James E. Lyons Sr., Dr. Dollye M.E. Robinson, Dr. Walter Hurns, and Melvene Coney.

Jackson State University has established an $11,488 endowed scholarship in honor of longtime School of Liberal Arts Dean, Dr. Dollye M.E. Robinson. Funds to launch the scholarship were given by alumni, supporters, faculty, staff, and students saluting Dr. Robinson for 50 years of service in the field of education.

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