Morgan State University has won a three-year, $1.6 million grant that will fund the building of a rocket lab at the university.

Base11, a nonprofit that works to increase diversity in STEM fields, awarded Morgan the Aerospace Workforce and Leadership Development Grant, to help grow a generation of aerospace scientists and engineers.

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Morgan was one of eight historically black colleges and universities that applied for the grant. African Americans make up 5 percent of the science and engineering workforce.

Morgan State receives $500,000 grant to establish humanities and social sciences institute

Morgan State University has received a $500,000 grant to establish a program aimed at increasing the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of undergraduate humanities and social sciences students who go on to graduate programs.

The grant will be used to build a liquid-fuel rocketry lab, as well as recruit new faculty to the program.

Morgan said in a statement that it is hoping to launch a rocket that reaches 150,000 feet by 2022.

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