Washington — Ten historically black colleges in North Carolina were among dozens in the nation to receive a portion of a $227.9 million federal grant designed to improve academic resources, financial management systems, endowment-building and facilities, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday.
The five-year grants will include activities such as curriculum reform, counseling and student service programs and funding faculty and staff development.
"HBCUs have made enduring, even staggering contributions to American life despite the steep financial challenges many have faced," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. "The grants will help these important institutions to provide their students with the quality education they need to compete in the global economy."
The North Carolina campuses received a total of more than $29 million. The recipients were:
- Bennett College – $1,457,849
- Elizabeth City State University – $3,474,658
- Fayetteville State University – $3,842,872
- Johnson C. Smith University – $1,886,314
- Livingstone College – $1,476,226
- North Carolina A&T State University – $5,246,940
- North Carolina Central University – $4,090,693
- St. Augustine's University – $1,638,519
- Shaw University – $2,467,589
- Winston-Salem State University – $4,375,966