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