Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $12.2 million of federal grants towards Maryland’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Bowie State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. This federal grant will be invested towards strengthening academic resources, improving management capabilities and renewing building infrastructures for the four schools.

“Maryland’s HBCUs have a strong record of academic achievement and this grant from the U.S. Department of Education is important because it will provide significant new resources to further enhance academic programming and ensure student success,” Sen. Ben Cardin explained.

In the statement released by Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, the funding was divided upon each school as follows:

– $3,890,115 for Morgan State University towards tutoring and counseling programs, developing an endowment, job training within underrepresented subject areas, faculty development and community outreach

– $3,001,959 for Bowie State University to narrow the achievement gap for first- generation college students and strategic planning budgets to increase and enhance academic course selection

– $2,774,743 for Coppin State University to increase the retention and graduation rates and to further build minority participation in science, technology, nursing, information technology and geography

$2,535, 354 for University of Maryland Eastern Shore towards becoming a leader in doctoral research through building access to education, increasing recruitment and retention, as well as addressing and enhancing research to improve the achievement gap read more…