N.C. A&T Professor Awarded Apple HBCU Grant

Dr. Kelvin Bryant, assistant professor in North Carolina A&T State University’s Department of Computer Science, was selected to receive an Apple HBCU Faculty Grant in the amount of $100,000 for his proposal on “Creating a Culture of Success by Modeling Corporate Success Practices.”

Bryant was among the first recipients of the award as part of the Apple and Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Diversity Initiative. Through the new initiative, Apple and TMCF have partnered to identify, develop and harness talent from the nation’s community of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), including faculty.

Bryant’s grant is a direct result of Apple’s commitment to fund faculty innovation grants focusing on developing successful ways to accelerate HBCU students into the tech field.

With an over $40 million multi-year commitment from Apple, the deal marks the largest and most comprehensive corporate investment ever given exclusively for students and faculty of four-year HBCUs.

A review board comprised of corporate and academic partners, received and conducted a blind evaluation of over 125 grant proposals from 35 HBCUs. Categorized as containing a unique and sustainable quality by the judges, Bryant’s proposal was among those selected. The proposals were judged based on how well they effectively address the migration of talent on HBCU campuses from STEM-related disciplines to Non-STEM majors.

The Apple and TMCF Faculty Grants provide resources to support the great work happening on HBCU campuses and a pathway for students to flourish in the demanding technology sector today and success for tomorrow.