Funding, Grants & Awards

Morehouse College Wins $700,000 in Tech Grants

Morehouse College will receive $700,000 in Microsoft software as part of a grant from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).

The award, from TMCF's Technology Initiative, will be the first given to a school that is not a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The Technology Initiative was launched "to address long-term technology needs of historically black colleges and universities' (HBCU) campuses and to identify funding sources to support technology upgrades," according to a news release.

Microsoft, a partner in the initiative since its inception, granted TMCF with an additional $8 million for 2013 and 2014. "The Microsoft grant makes available Microsoft software and licenses across the spectrum of Microsoft products including operating system software, desktop applications, programming, server, site management and instructional software, which enables TMCF to assist HBCUs in upgrading institutional computers and technology," according to information released by TMCF.

"HBCUs look to TMCF for new opportunities and solutions, like this, to assist them with building their capacity as they continue to serve the students matriculating on their campuses," said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr, in a prepared statement. "Using technology to improve educational outcomes is a must today; and, we are excited to provide Morehouse with these resources to assist them in building their technology capacity."

"We are excited that the Thurgood Marshall College Fund considered Morehouse for this much-needed donation," said Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr, in a news release. "Improving our technology infrastructure will allow us to serve our students, faculty, staff and the community-at-large in a more robust living-learning environment."

Founded in 1867, Morehouse College enrolls approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and is the largest private liberal arts college for men in the United States.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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