North Carolina A&T State University is set to receive more than $5 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Education.

On Sept. 18, the U.S. Department of Education announced the distribution of $227.9 million in Title III funds to be awarded to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in 19 states. The grant, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities, is administered by the Office of Postsecondary Education.

N.C. A&T will use its portion of the money to make enhancements in the educational endowment trust fund, the library, faculty and staff development, information technology infrastructure, student success and project administration.

Specifically, funds will be used to assist the university with building its endowment in support of student scholarships and endowed chairs and to improve University Advancement's infrastructure through intensive training in order to improve and enhance the university’s capabilities for obtaining optimum external support; on-campus training workshops and institutes, faculty and staff travel to conferences, workshops and short courses; development of faculty learning communities aimed at improving student learning outcomes, it will allow faculty to work toward doctoral degrees and enhance book and electronic resource renewal; network monitoring, the development of collaborative learning spaces and the enhancement of smart classrooms.

The funds will also be used to centralize needed support services for students, to ensure quality academic advisement and to ensure the students receive stimulating education that prepares them for research careers and graduate studies; and to evaluate project administration of all Title III activities at the university.

There are 97 schools set to receive grant money ranging from $250,000 to more than $6 million.