Thursday, Google announced that it will be giving 10 historically black colleges and universities a total of $50 million in grant funds, with a goal of addressing the diversity gap in tech.
“This financial commitment is our largest to date for HBCUs,” Google chief diversity officer Melonie Parker wrote in a company blog post announcing the grants. “Each institution will receive a one-time unrestricted financial grant of $5 million, providing institutions with the flexibility to invest in their communities and the future workforce as they see fit.”
The full list of HBCUs receiving grant funds: Claflin 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, Tuskegee University and Xavier University of Louisiana.
“Google’s generous gift to create pathways in STEM for HBCU students will propel them into roles and opportunities that prepare them to be 21st century change agents,” said Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, PhD. “Having hosted Googlers from the Google-in-Residence program, and having seen the outcomes of our students who have interned at Google and alumnae who are now employed by Google, we are grateful for their comprehensive approach to building equity in computing education.”
“This is a powerful endorsement of our HBCUs,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Dr. Williams also noted that Google’s $50 million in grants represents the largest gift of unrestricted funds ever awarded to HBCUs by a tech company.
Other recent grants from Google include a pledge of $25 million towards empowering women and girls, $12 million last summer, and during the pandemic.