Gates Foundation Gift to Support Covid-19 Testing at Historically Black Colleges

Several historically Black colleges and universities will share a $15 million dollar donation over the next three years from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support Covid-19 testing on their campuses, the foundation announced Tuesday. It will be the foundation’s largest donation to historically Black colleges and universities to date.

The donation will supplement the Just Project, an initiative from

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

that has provided instruments, kits and Covid-19 testing infrastructure to seven historically Black colleges and universities across the country so far.

The donation will be divided among Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Xavier University of Louisiana, with each school receiving $1.5 million. Up to four more schools will be added to the donation in the coming weeks.

These schools will act as hubs for other historically Black colleges in their regions, and will process Covid-19

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How Sierra Gates went from homeless to helming a beauty empire

When she was 15, Sierra Gates found herself pregnant and homeless. Now, with over two million Instagram followers and her own beauty salon, the Atlanta native is quickly becoming a household name.

“My mother was a great mom. I was very spoiled, [but] she was real strict,” Gates, 31, told Page Six Style. “When I got into high school, the first boy I saw I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m in love,’ and ended up getting pregnant. She was not going for it; she put me completely out and I was homeless, so I had to figure it out.”

For the following year, the “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star slept in cars and crashed at the homes of cousins, friends and even her grandfather. She even lived in her car.

“In 2008, I was 17 and worked at a strip club called Foxy Lady, making $400 to $500

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