Washington, DC (WLTX) -- The U.S. Department of Education presented 8 South Carolina colleges and universities $14,420,397 today.
Given as part of a nation-wide grant program aimed at Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the schools will apply the five year grants to cover:
activities such as curriculum reform; counseling and student service programs; establishing teacher education programs designed to qualify students to teach; acquiring real-estate property in connection with construction, renovations, or additions that may improve campus facilities; and funding faculty and staff development.
In addition, funds may be used for the purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment and the development of academic instruction in disciplines in which African Americans are underrepresented.
"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. "The grants will help these important institutions continue to provide their students with the quality education they need to compete in the global economy."
The South Carolina Grants:
Allen University $1,382,744
Benedict College $2,672,945
Claflin University $1,844,621
Clinton Junior College $250,000
Denmark Technical College $1,610,441
Morris College $1,561,979
South Carolina State University $3,354,581
Voorhees College $1,743,086