Tennessee State University will receive $4.8 million over five years from a U.S. Department of Education grant program to help strengthen historically black colleges and universities.
The funds can be used for curriculum reform; counseling and student service programs; establishing teacher education programs designed to qualify students to teach; acquiring real estate in connection with construction, renovations or additions that may improve campus facilities; and funding faculty and staff development, according to the USDOE.
“Since HBCUs serve a critical role in remediating many underprivileged students, this federal grant will assist in molding our student’s potential into reality,” said Portia Shields, TSU’s interim president. “These funds will help the University continue its mission of educating students to be scholars and leaders in the global workplace.”
The $4,851,718 grant for TSU is part of $228 million being distributed to HBCU’s across the country.
“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.”