Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Prairie View A&M University have announced grants totaling $3 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
While historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have long engaged high-quality faculty, over the past decade market pressures have made it increasingly difficult for HBCUs to recruit top faculty and support their development after they have been hired. The grants will support efforts at the three schools to deepen and expand their faculty development programs and leverage their history of success preparing scholars and leaders of African descent for lives of impact and meaning.
To that end, Prairie View will receive $1 million from the Mellon Foundation in support of faculty recruitment, advancement, and retention initiatives as well as the establishment of a Center for Faculty Excellence that tracks and monitors scholarly output and professional engagement; Morehouse will receive $1 million from Carnegie in support of its Modeling 21st Century Faculty Development at HBCUs program, which is designed to make the college more competitive in attracting and retaining top talent by providing funds for start-up packages and opportunities for faculty growth and development; and Spelman will receive $500,000 each from Carnegie and the Rockefeller Foundation in support of its Distinguished Scholar/Maker grants and course-release funding, seed grants for curriculum development in emerging areas, research grants, and strategic partnerships.
"Our founder, Andrew Carnegie, was concerned about the lack of educational opportunities for African Americans. As a result, in 1900 he made a grant of $20,000 to Tuskegee University to fund the construction of its library, the first of thirteen grants to the institution," said Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian. "Throughout its history, Carnegie Corporation of New York has continued to invest in a range of organizations serving African Americans, including historically black colleges and universities, civil rights organizations, the National Urban League since 1921, the United Negro College Fund since 1946, as well as more recent grants to support reforms in K-12 and higher education. We are pleased to help ensure the future health and welfare of the faculties of our country's HBCUs through these latest grants to Morehouse and Spelman colleges."