The U.S. Department of Education last week announced grants for two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that have received bomb threats this year.
Fayetteville State University will be awarded a Project SERV grant of $80,000 to offer counseling for students still coping with the bomb threat made to the campus in February of this year. The grants are meant to support student trauma recovery programs, add security officers and expand mental health support.
FSU is one of more than 50 HBCUs, including Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Central University and Elizabeth City State University, that have received threats most of those coming in the early months of 2021.
In March, Vice President Kamala Harris announced the colleges would be able to apply for the Project SERV grants to help them with trauma and security concerns caused by the threats.
“As Secretary of Education, I want to make it abundantly clear that the Biden-Harris administration will not tolerate bomb threats or any efforts to terrorize students of color and everyone who lives, works, and studies at our Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said.
The Department of Education has also issued a grant to Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, and is expected to announce further grants later this year.