Tuskegee University receives $5 million grant from Google to help expand pathways in STEM industry

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George Washington Carver bust on the campus of Tuskegee University. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

HBCUs stand up. Tuskegee University (TU) has received a $5 million grant from Google. Keep reading to check out what they plan to do with this major grant.

Let’s go Golden Tigers

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Stained Glass at Tuskegee University Chapel. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

US News and World Reports ranked TU as #4 nationally among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). TU is one of 10 HBCUs to receive the one-time, unrestricted grant from the tech industry. 

I am so very pleased that Google chose Tuskegee University as one of its partners for this program. Their $5 million gift will support the University as it bolsters its work in STEM education and moves forward into new fields in STEM and in business. This gift will have a lasting and profound impact on the course of the University’s future.”

Charlotte P. Morris, Interim President, Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University has quite the relationship and history with aerospace. So, it is no surprise that they were chosen for this grant.

They started their Aerospace Science Engineering Department in 1983 and were the first and only HBCU to offer an accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the field.

Did you know that a new aerospace center is coming to Tuskegee University? Here’s more information.

Google’s Golden Grant

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Portrait of Booker T Washington on campus of Tuskegee University. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

The grant will support scholarships, career readiness preparation, entrepreneurship mentoring, technological infrastructure and curriculum innovations. 

I’m delighted to provide our HBCU partners with a $50-million unrestricted grant. These institutions are actively shaping the next generation of Black leaders and are helping build a more diverse workforce across all industries. This investment further solidifies our commitment to providing access and opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech.”

Melonie Parker, Chief Diversity Officer, Google

This investment builds on Google’s Pathways to Tech initiative. It is designed to provide opportunities for African American students to gain technical skills while pursuing careers in the tech industry.

“I am glad to see that Google decided to award a $5 million grant to Tuskegee University to help create opportunities for increased representation in the STEM industry. STEM education is critical for the future of our nation’s workforce and I’m happy to see more investment in this area of study.”

Mike Rogers, U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District

Wanna know what other HBCUs received this game-changing grant? Check it out:

  • Claffin University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Howard University
  • Morgan State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Spelman College
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

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Tira Davis
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