Claflin University will use a $5 million grant from Google to help foster diverse representation in STEM industries.
The Orangeburg school is one of 10 institutions to receive the grants, designed to increased opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, according to a news release. The one-time, unrestricted grant will provide financial support for scholarships, tech infrastructure, career readiness and curriculum development.
“Claflin University greatly appreciates Google’s support and transformational investment in HBCUs,” university president Dwaun J. Warmack said in the release. “The gift will enhance our commitment to providing students access to exceptional academic programs in a distinctive, culturally-diverse environment. This grant demonstrates the strength and trajectory of Claflin’s global reputation as a leading liberal arts university with a thriving STEM agenda. These funds will also support University initiatives related to enhancing technology in the rural communities we serve.”
Claflin in one of only three private schools in the state with Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology computer science program accreditation, according to the release.
“I’m delighted to provide our HBCU partners with a $50 million unrestricted grant,” Melonie Parker, Google chief diversity officer, said. “These institutions are actively shaping the next generation of Black leaders and are helping build a more diverse workforce across all industries. This investment further solidifies our commitment to providing access and opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech.”