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B-CU to Receive Over $4 Million in Federal Funding

August 20, 2008

Bethune-Cookman University announced today that it will receive over $4 million in federal funds to assist the University in its mission of providing higher education opportunities to minority students.

The grant funds have been awarded under the U.S. Department of Education's Title III Part B and College Cost Reduction Access Act (CCRAA) of 2007. The primary goal of Title III Part B has been to support Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) by providing funding to improve educational quality, management and financial stability at qualifying institutions.

 For Fiscal Year 2008, Bethune-Cookman University will receive grant funding under two separate Title III programs:

  • A grant award of $3,003,263.00 will assist in funding a number of initiatives geared toward improving student learning, recruitment and retention, including acquisition of library books, periodicals and multi-media educational resources; enhancement of teacher preparation/certification programs in order to qualify more candidates to teach in a public elementary or secondary schools in the state of Florida; and support for student service programs that aid in building the social and emotional well-being of students. The amount of this grant award represents a $207,000 increase in funding compared to Fiscal Year 2007.
  • An additional grant of $1,044,689.00 in a new allocation awarded to the university through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA). These funds will assist B-CU in implementing a Comprehensive Development Plan designed to improve the institution's capacity to prepare students for careers in natural sciences, mathematics, computer science/information technology or engineering. Specific activities to be funded with this grant include: purchase of scientific and laboratory equipment; renovation and improvement in classrooms and labs, including construction of technology-equipped smart classrooms; and, supporting professional development programs for faculty to enhance instructional strategies for science, engineering and mathematics programs.

"We are very pleased to be able to announce that B-CU will be receiving such a significant grant. The funding will help us maintain the highest standards of academic excellence and create a more effective learning environment for our students," commented B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed. "And, it is important to note that we take our financial stewardship responsibilities very seriously. Every dollar will be spent with an eye toward helping our students achieve academic success and prepare themselves for their roles in a rapidly changing world."

Office of Institutional Advancement

Liz Poston
PH: 386-481-2950

About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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