Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

Bay Path University has received a $1.6 million grant from the nonprofit Strada Education Network for a three-year project to help adult women connect with in-demand jobs. The project, “Closing the Gaps: Building Pathways for Adult Women in a Technology-Driven Workforce,” will be implemented through the American Women’s College, Bay Path’s online accelerated baccalaureate degree program for women. The program hopes to combat the gender-gap in the field of technology, where women only represent 11 percent of the cybersecurity workforce.

Indiana University Kokomo has received a $200,000 gift from professor emerita of management, Sita Amba-Rao. The gift will establish the Sita and C.L. Amba-Rao Make a Difference Fund: Business and Leadership, along with scholarships for students in business and nursing. The scholarships will be first available to students from underrepresented backgrounds, including women, African-Americans, Native Americans, LGBTQ+, Hispanic, single parents, and financially challenged.

West Virginia University’s civil engineering program in Bahrain has received a $83,000 gift from the Royal University for Women, a foundation founded by four WVU alumni which aims to increase women’s access to high-quality education in the Middle East. The gift will support scholarships for international students, specifically those enrolled at the WVU civil engineering program in Bahrain.

Researchers from Wichita State University have received a $250,000 grant from the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The funds will support a research project focused on health equity for women in Kansas. The project will explore a patient-centered model’s impact on health care needs across the lifespan, examine the feasibility of implementing a Women Involved Network in a Midwest state, and assess whether educational interventions affect health disparities and improve health equity for Kansas women.

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