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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 290-99
June 11, 1999

DOD TO AWARD GRANTS TO HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Deputy under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology Delores Etter today announced grants totaling $2.232 million to 17 historically black colleges and universities and minority institutions. The grants will enhance programs and capabilities at these institutions in scientific disciplines critical to the national security functions of the Department of Defense and to increase the number of underrepresented minority graduates in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics.

The grants were competitively selected from 108 proposals submitted to the Army Research Office (ARO) in response to a solicitation in September 1998. Defense agencies participating in the program include the Army Research Office and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

The 17 awards, sponsored by ARO and AFOSR range from $38,000 to $200,000. These grants will provide for the acquisition of science and technology equipment and instrumentation for education program enhancements. These include 10 awards by the AFOSR and seven by ARO. Among the awardees are five historically black colleges and universities and 12 minority institutions, including several institutions that serve primarily Hispanic Americans or Native Americans.

Awards will be made after written agreements are reached between the Department and the institutions.

The list of recipients is at www.defenselink.mil/news/Jun1999/hbcu99awds.html.