Historically black Md. universities win federal grants

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $12.2 million to Maryland's four historically black colleges and universities, Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski said Monday.

The money is aimed at strengthening academic resources, management capabilities, and infrastructure at Coppin State University and Morgan State University in Baltimore, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.

The federal grants include:

•$3,890,115 for tutoring and counseling programs, an endowment, job training in underrepresented disciplines and faculty development and community outreach at Morgan State;

•$3,001,959 to address the achievement gap for first-generation college students, increase enrollment, and begin to implement a strategic plan to improve educational offerings at Bowie State;

•$2,774,743 to improve retention and graduation rates, academic programming, and minority participation in fields of science, technology, nursing, information technology, and geography at Coppin State; and

•$2,535,354 for University of Maryland Eastern Shore to work toward becoming a leader in doctoral research by building upon access to education, recruitment and retention, engagement in research and development and addressing the achievement gap.