U.S. Department of Education Invests Nearly $96 Million to Ensure All Students Have Same Opportunities to Learn, Achieve and Succeed

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U.S. Department of Education Invests Nearly $96 Million to Ensure All Students Have Same Opportunities to Learn, Achieve and Succeed

October 2, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education announced today nearly $96 million in grants to ensure every student—regardless of wealth, zip code, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disability—has the same opportunities to learn and achieve.

These grants focus on closing equity and opportunity gaps for minority students attending colleges and universities across the country. Education is the engine of opportunity and the great equalizer for every student because it provides the clearest path to the middle class. That's why the Obama Administration has worked to ensure that there are ladders of opportunity for all students through a variety of programs, such as the Excellent Educators for All initiative and the President's My Brother's Keeper initiative.

"Ensuring that every student—from the wealthiest to the poorest and historically underserved—has access to a high-quality education is what our work is all about," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "We aren't just talking the talk; we are awarding millions of dollars in grants to help institutions better serve minority students through various programs and services."

The grants awarded by the Department are:

  • Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program ($20,141,221)
  • Strengthening Institutions Program ($22,998,921)
  • The Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Program ($16,360,038)
  • Native Hawaiian Education Program ($10,054,780)
  • Alaska Native Education Equity Program ($12,662,376)
  • Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program ($10,625,456)
  • Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program ($3,039,006)

The Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program provides grants to assist institutions of higher education (IHEs) in expanding educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. These grants enable these institutions to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability.

The Strengthening Institutions Programs award funding to help eligible IHEs become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

The Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions program awards two-year grants to IHEs serving Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. The grants can be used for a wide range of activities such as faculty development and exchanges, curriculum development, counseling services, and the purchase or upgrading of library materials or laboratory equipment. To be eligible for grants through this program, an institution must have an undergraduate enrollment of at least 20 percent Alaska Native or 10 percent Native Hawaiian students.

The Native Hawaiian Education Program awards grants to support innovative projects that enhance the educational services provided to Native Hawaiians and to supplement and expand programs and authorities in the area of education. Types of projects supported by this program include early education and care programs, family-based education centers, beginning reading and literacy programs, activities to address the needs of gifted and talented native Hawaiian students, special education programs, professional development for educators, and activities to enable native Hawaiian students to enter and complete postsecondary education.

The Alaska Native Education Equity Program supports efforts to meet the unique educational needs of Alaska Natives by awarding competitive grants for innovative projects addressing the distinct educational needs of this student population. Along with educational institutions, eligible recipients include Alaska Native organizations and cultural and community-based groups.

The Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program provides grants to expand post-baccalaureate educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students. The program also provides funding to expand post-baccalaureate academic offerings, as well as enhance the quality of academic programs in IHEs that are educating and helping large numbers of Hispanic and low-income students complete postsecondary degrees.

The Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program helps colleges and universities assists predominantly minority institutions in effecting long-range improvement in science and engineering education programs, and increasing the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into science and engineering careers. The program also supports special projects designed to provide or improve support to accredited nonprofit colleges, universities and professional scientific organizations for a broad range of activities that address specific barriers that eliminate or reduce the entry of minorities into science and technology fields.

2014 Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Grantees

City Grantee Name Award
Arizona
Tucson Pima County Community College - Desert Vista Campus $524,892
California
Chula Vista Southwestern Community College $495,000
Santa Clarita College of the Canyons $487,986
Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Junior College $525,000
San Jose San Jose City College $505,847
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara City College $511,338
Camarillo California State University Channel Islands $649,998
Santa Maria Allan Hancock Joint Community College $469,872
San Diego San Diego Mesa College $525,000
Lancaster Antelope Valley College $514,994
Redwood City Canada College $518,924
Florida
Miami Miami Dade College - North Campus $524,953
Orlando Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico - Orlando $524,994
Lake Worth Palm Beach State College $509,677
Broward County Universidad Del Turabo - South Florida Center $524,995
Homestead Miami Dade College - Homestead Campus $482,028
Miami Miami Dade College Medical Campus $392,446
New Jersey
Cranford Union County College $645,500
New Mexico
Ruidoso Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso $525,000
Albuquerque University of New Mexico $521,494
Grants New Mexico State University Grants $519,767
Ranchos de Taos University of New Mexico Taos $649,492
New York
Bronx Hostos Community College $519,884
Bronx College of Mount Saint Vincent $458,473
New York Research Foundation of City University of New York - John Jay College $615,080
Puerto Rico
San Juan Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico $524,911
Humacao University of Puerto Rico at Humacao $518,847
Humacao Humacao Community College $524,983
Texas
McAllen South Texas College $524,200
El Paso The University of Texas at El Paso $524,536
San Antonio St. Mary's University Texas $524,993
San Antonio The University of Texas at San Antonio $516,970
San Antonio Our Lady of the Lake University $558,553
Laredo Texas Agriculture & Mechanics International University $574,216
San Angelo Angelo State University $521,668
Houston Houston Baptist University $510,478
Alpine Sul Ross State University $524,236
Washington
Moses Lake Big Bend Community College $649,996

2014 Strengthening Institutions Program Grantees

City Grantee Name Award
ALABAMA
Jacksonville Jacksonville State University $449,203
CALIFORNIA
Santa Barbara Antioch University Santa Barbara $310,470
San Jose San Jose State University Research Foundation $449,804
Pomona Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc. $449,784
La Jolla National University $449,899
COLORADO
Sterling Northeastern Junior College $449,360
Colorado Springs Regents of the Univ. of Colorado/Univ. of Colorado Colorado Springs $339,134
CONNECTICUT
West Hartford University of Saint Joseph $449,272
FLORIDA
Key West Florida Keys Community College $447,464
Fort Pierce Indian River State College $375,468
Tallahassee Tallahassee Community College $448,480
IOWA
Mason City North Iowa Area Community College $448,253
ILLINOIS
Palatine William Rainey Harper College $400,000
Champaign Parkland College District 505 $439,755
KANSAS
Olathe Mid-America Nazarene University $2,000,000
KENTUCKY
Pikeville University of Pikeville $449,510
Lexington Bluegrass Community and Technical College $449,758
Owensboro Kentucky Wesleyan College $445,298
MICHIGAN
Ypsilanti Eastern Michigan University $412,534
NORTH CAROLINA
Raleigh Wake Technical CC $373,886
Winston-Salem Forsyth Technical Community College $449,343
Charlotte Queens University of Charlotte $446,520
NEW YORK
New Rochelle The College of New Rochelle $1,988,190
OHIO
North Canton Stark State College $450,000
Mansfield North Central State College $446,229
Mount Vernon Mount Vernon Nazarene University $449,944
OKLAHOMA
Durant SE Oklahoma State University $449,255
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Community College $449,944
Warner Connors State College $946,789
Edmond University of Central Oklahoma $1,282,942
PENNSYLVANIA
Chambersburg Wilson College $400,000
SOUTH CAROLINA
Spartanburg University of South Carolina Upstate $422,888
TENNESSEE
Martin University of Tennessee at Martin $430,315
TEXAS
Mesquite Dallas County Community College District - Eastfield College $417,366
UTAH
Orem Utah Valley University $450,000
WASHINGTON
Olympia South Puget Sound Community College $450,000
Bremerton Olympic College $242,599
WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston University of Charleston $339,280
Huntington Mountwest Community & Technical College $449,985
Buckhannon West Virginia Wesleyan College $2,000,000

2014 Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Program Grantees

City Grantee Name Award
ALASKA
Dillingham University of Alaska Fairbanks - Bristol Bay Campus $472,999
Ketchikan University of Alaska Southeast - Ketchikan Campus $622,500
Nome University of Alaska Fairbanks - Northwest Campus $1,542,193
HAWAII
Honolulu Chaminade University of Honolulu $2,000,000
Honolulu Honolulu Community College $500,000
Honolulu University of Hawaii - Kapiolani Community College $1,963,365
Honolulu University of Hawaii at Manoa $564,000
Honolulu University of Hawaii at Manoa $654,699
Kaneohe University of Hawaii -Windward Community College $1,997,067
Kapolei University of Hawaii - West Oahu $2,000,000
Kapolei University of Hawaii - West Oahu $859,000
Lihue University of Hawaii - Kauai Community College $598,923
Pearl City University of Hawaii on behalf of Leeward Community College $1,999,904
Pearl City University of Hawaii on behalf of Leeward Community College $585,388

2014 Native Hawaiian Education Program Grantees

City Grantee Name Award
HAWAII
Honolulu Partners in Development $581,914
Honolulu Keiki O Ka Aina $797,680
Kaneohe Marimed Foundation $937,033
Honolulu Partner's in Development $311,250
Honolulu Partner's in Development $626,227
Honolulu Kawaiahao Church $299,500
Honolulu Partner's in Development $628,299
Honolulu University of Hawaii $ 604,970
Honolulu University of Hawaii $979,630
Honolulu University of Hawaii $363,105
Honolulu University of Hawaii $470,908
Wailuku Maui Family Support Services $650,700
Kaneohe Pacific American Foundation $750,000
Honolulu University of Hawaii $156,175
Waianae Waianae District Comprehensive $344,230
Kapolei Institute for Native Pacific Education $328,462
Washington, DC
Washington, DC Children's Defense Fund $471,136
Washington, DC Children's Defense Fund $753,561

2014 Alaska Native Education Equity Program Grantees

City Grantee Name Award
ALASKA
Dillingham Bristol Bay Native Association, Inc. $298,442
Juneau Rural Alaska Community Action Program $1,239,751
Juneau University of Alaska Southeast $741,965
Fairbanks University of Alaska Fairbanks $512,930
Unalakleet Bering Strait School District $679,702
Metlakatla Annette Island School District $885,864
Aniak Kuspusk School District $516,627
Nenana Nenana City School District $390,061
Juneau Goldbelt Heritage Foundation $499,749
Kotzebue Northwest Arctic Borough School District $602,845
Anchorage Chugach School District $737,244
Juneau Sealaska Heritage Institute $444,769
Thorne Bay Southeast Island School District $693,785
Anchorage Arctic Slope Community Foundation, Inc. $1,027,142
Saint Mary's Saint Mary's School District $655,948
Anchorage Alaska Humanities Forum $529,177
Bethel Lower Kuskokwim School District $712,369
Anchorage Alaska Native Heritage Center $550,230
Bethel Yuut Elitanaurviat Inc. $496,486
Juneau Sealaska Heritage Institute $447,290

2014 Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program Grantees

City Grantee Name Award
California
Fullerton California State University Fullerton $573,554
Los Angeles Mount St. Mary's College $575,000
Carson California State University Dominguez Hills $575,000
Northridge California State University Northridge $461,786
Pomona California State University Pomona $574,494
Fresno California State University Fresno $558,485
Los Angeles Cal State LA University $550,000
Burbank Woodbury University $574,745
Long Beach California State University Long Beach $574,825
Colorado
Alamosa Adams State University $574,327
Florida
Fort Lauderdale Nova Southeastern University $575,000
New Mexico
Las Vegas New Mexico Highlands University $498,310
Puerto Rico
Caguas San Juan Bautista School of Medicine $575,000
San Juan Dewey University $574,984
Mayaquez University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez $563,493
San German InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico San German $521,560
Texas
San Antonio St. Mary's University Texas $574,962
Alpine Sul Ross State University $574,998
Uvalde Sul Ross State University - Rio Grande-Uvalde $574,933

2014 Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program Grantees

City California Award
Bakersfield California State University, Bakersfield $249,995
Florida
Miami Miami Dade College $279,596
Montana
Poplar Fort Peck Community College $124,179
New York
Dobbs Ferry Mercy College $199,842
New York City Queensborough Community College $196,797
New York City Borough of Manhattan Community College $249,999
North Carolina
Fayetteville Fayetteville State University $249,998
Puerto Rico
Bayamón InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico Bayamón $244,455
Bayamón InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico Bayamón $234,691
Texas
El Paso The University of Texas at El Paso $300,000
Laredo Texas A&M International University $249,999
Prairie View Prairie View A&M University $221,438
San Marcos Texas State University – San Marcos $218,371