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DHS Awards $2.8M to Minority-Serving Colleges for STEM

Six higher-education institutions will get $2.8 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to bolster STEM skills among minority students as part of a DHS grant program established in 2007.

by / March 16, 2021
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Half a dozen higher education institutions serving students of color will receive federal funding to establish additional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses in 2021.

On March 10, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate announced six recipients of its Scientific Leadership Award. The grant program will award a total of $2.8 million across six minority-serving institutions: Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Tennessee State University, Jackson State University and the universities of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the District of Columbia. 

According to a DHS news release, each institution will partner with directorate-supported Centers of Excellence to develop course content and research related to homeland security.

The Scientific Leadership Award program was established in 2007 to allocate grants geared toward developing educational and research skills for STEM fields within communities of color. Since then, the program has awarded several STEM grants to historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic/Latinx institutions and tribal colleges.


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