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JCSU lands federal grant
$1.8 million among $28 million for N.C. HBCUs
Published Friday, September 28, 2012 11:37 am
by Herbert L. White

Johnson C. Smith University has been awarded a $1.88 million grant for campus improvements and academic programs.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who cosponsored a resolution designating this week as “National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week,” announced the grant as part of the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities program. The five-year federal grant is for academic resources, financial management, endowment building and physical plants. Grants were awarded to North Carolina’s 10 HBCUs, which is second only to Alabama’s 15. There are 105 HBCUs in the U.S.

Twelve Senate Republicans and 10 Democrats sponsored the resolution.

“An investment in education is an investment in our economy, and North Carolina’s HBCUs play a crucial role in educating our students and preparing them to enter the workforce,” Hagan said. “I’m pleased that these grants will help improve the affordability and quality of education at Johnson C. Smith University.”

The grants will pump more than $28 million into N.C.’s HBCUs for programs ranging from curriculum reform, faculty and staff development to developing academic instruction in fields where African Americans are underrepresented.

N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro was awarded the largest grant at $5.2 million, followed by Winston-Salem State University at $4.3 million and N.C. Central University at $4 million.

Funds can also be used to buy or rent scientific or laboratory equipment and.

The grant amounts by school:

· Bennett College (Greensboro), $1.4 million

· Elizabeth City State University, $3.4 million

· Fayetteville State University, $3.8 million

· Johnson C. Smith University, $1.8 million

· Livingstone College (Salisbury) — $1.4 million

· N.C. A&T State University, $5.2 million

· N.C. Central University (Durham), $4 million

· St. Augustine's University (Raleigh), $1.6 million

· Shaw University  (Raleigh), $2.4 million

· Winston-Salem State University, $4.3 million


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