Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV 4th District) announced that his office has secured $8 million for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to fund various academic initiatives.
UNLV is formulating programs to open pathways for low-income students to attend college. Some would provide support for Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPI) students and other minorities.
“I’m proud that my office was able to work with university administrators to secure these funds, which will put underserved students on the path to success and improve health equity,” said Congressman Horsford in a press release. “Overall, this funding will lift up students and families and build a brighter future for the Valley.”
Grant awards for academic researchers will also be included in the new funding. These include over $3 million for UNLV public health researchers to implement maternal-child health and nutritional interventions with Nevada Partners and the West Las Vegas Promise Neighborhood.
“UNLV is grateful to Congressman Horsford for helping secure grants that will produce better outcomes for the university, and the state of Nevada by finding solutions to problems through research. We believe these grants will help us retain excellent students who will have a positive impact on our communities through their research,” said UNLV President Keith Whitfield.
Several grants and donations have been awarded to higher education institutions to help low-income students and other underrepresented groups recently.
More than a dozen alumni leaders have donated over $45 million to Harvard University to improve its Asian-American studies program. The funds will be used for academic research, professional recruitment, and graduate fellowships.
Bates College in Maine has also received a $50 million challenge grant from the Schuler Education Foundation to improve enrollment rates among low-income and undocumented students. The money will allow the school to increase Pell-eligible, undocumented, and low-income students by 50 percent over the next decade.