According to the U.S. Department of Education, Historically Black Colleges & Universities are disproportionally underfunded by more than $12 billion.

Despite this shortfall, significant strides have been made to help ensure the financial success of our HBCU students. Such initiatives included fundraising and donations. These contributive efforts help present a vital financial resource to our HBCU students nationwide.

These four HBCUs recently received over $2 million in grants and gifts:

1South Carolina State University – $195,000

South Carolina State University’s Counseling and Self-Development Center has been awarded a $195,000 state grant to bolster its student substance abuse recovery efforts. The grant from the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services will establish a collegiate recovery program at the university titled Bulldog Recovery.

“I am excited about expanding the capacity for care for our students,” said Christian Jackson, director of the Counseling and Self-Development Center. “The programs we can build because of this grant will help us target the specific issue of alcohol and other drug use that overwhelms college students nationwide.”

2Tuskegee University – $500,000

The College of Arts & Sciences at Tuskegee University in Alabama, received a $500,000 grant from the AIM AHEAD Consortium, a National Institutes of Health project. The project will focus on the ethical use of artificial intelligence and machine learning aimed at strengthening data governance and promoting health equity in the healthcare sector, focusing on minority populations.

3Jackson State University – $1.5 Million

Jackson State University in Mississippi has received a $1.5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences. The grant stems from a pledge made by both organizations in partnership to donate $7.5 million to support five historically Black colleges or universities or minority-serving institutions in projects that address public health disparities.

The university’s focus will be to analyze how the effects of climate change, economic barriers, and racial discrimination contribute to the segregation and health disparities among communities in the Gulf Coast region.

4Prairie View A&M University – $500,000

Prairie View A&M University in Texas, has received a $500,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to evaluate data from the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission’s rain gauge and satellites over the course of the next five years.

The project focuses on precipitation in the local community and its effects on the landscape amid ever-increasing extreme weather patterns in the area.

Congratulations to all the HBCUs for these outstanding contributions!