Dillard Notable #6: Big Grants, Great Foundations

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One of the facts that many people miss about Dillard is our history of success in receiving research and competitive grants. I am not a huge fan of rankings, but the Washington Monthly is pretty fair. They have a category for research, which not only includes grants but students who go on to receive doctorates among other metrics. In the 2016 ranking, Dillard ranked 23rd out of 239 National Liberal Arts institutions (top 10%). We were 3rd out of the 15 HBCUs in this category for research, as well as 3rd for HBCUs overall in the National Liberal Arts category.

One of the bigger grants was a competitive $1M grant from UNCF (funded by Lilly) for career pathways. This was a great process in that we engaged in convenings to discuss ways to better match what institutions offer and what employers need.

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We’ve had great, robust conversations as we work to launch this initiative. It will be paired with ANOTHER big grant that we will announce early in 2017.

Several big grants are from past funders. We received another $400K from the Mellon Foundation, and more recently received $246K working with community agencies on resident opportunities and self-sufficiency.

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One of our most high profile foundations is the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, headed by hip hop icon MC Lyte. The foundation provides $50K scholarships for students to attend Dillard. In the fall of 2015, we got our first two students. In November of 2015 she announced 2 more that started fall of 2016. John, on the left, is the freshman class president.

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And even though the focus of the scholarship is men, we also added our first female MC Lyte scholar this fall, bringing the total to 5.

We look forward to more big grants in 2017, thanks to the hard work of our faculty and our division of institutional advancement. They’ve done a tremendous job.

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7th president of Dillard University

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