VUU Awarded Two Grants
(Richmond, VA)- Virginia Union University(VUU) recently received two grants. The National Science Foundation has awarded the University $71,000 for support of the “Planning Grant for VUU STEM Undergraduate Education” project under the direction of Drs. W. Franklin Evans and Hendricus G. Van Antwerpen. The goal of the planning project is to develop an implementation plan aimed at addressing three key issues for the institution: 1) several of the STEM disciplines at VUU have low enrollment; 2) those with low enrollments high enough to be accurately assessed, suffer from poor retention; and 3) Major Field Achievement Tests show that the VUU students in the STEM discipline score below the national averages, especially in certain specialty areas of Biology.
The Dominion Educational Partnership has selected VUU to receive $40,000 for its innovative and promising collaboration between the Sydney Lewis School of Business and the Office of Career Services to achieve the goal of exposing students to extracurricular experiences and shared opportunities through the Six Sigma Credentialing and Enhancement Program. The Program will consist of an introduction to Six Sigma levels (white and yellow belts) and at level two, a green belt credential, which will include team projects to define problems, collect, and analyze data and submit solutions. Dr. Adelaja O. Odutola and Mrs. Penni Sweetenburg-Lee are the Project Directors for the Six Sigma and Credentialing and Enhancement Program.
Virginia Union University(VUU) was recently award two grants. The U.S. Department of Interior National Park Service has given the University $150,000 from the Historic Preservation Fund for the Save America’s Treasures Grant Program. The grant is to assist with the preservation of the Belgian Friendship Building.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs has selected VUU to receive funding under the Student Support Services Program (TRIO). This grant will be in the amount of $220,000 for the 2010-2011 academic year. It is anticipated that the grant will be for a total of 5 years. The purpose of the Student Support Services Program is to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities