November 19, 2021

Apple Supports Propel Center, A Global HBCU Leadership Hub, With $2M In Research Grants

Apple has just announced its supports for the Propel Center, A Global HBCU Leadership Hub, With $2M In Research Grants.

Through the company’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, support from Apple will give HBCUs tools and resources to pursue new research and learning opportunities.

Propel, and Apple are working together to help develop curricula and provide ongoing mentorship, learning experiences, and internship opportunities.

Imagined in January 2021 by Ed Farm—an ed-tech nonprofit committed to transforming classrooms to uplift communities— and supported by founding partners Apple and Southern Company, the Propel Center is a first-of-its-kind innovation and learning hub for the entire HBCU community that will serve as a catalytic epicenter of learning providing students with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources necessary to transform the nation’s talent pipeline and workforce.

Through a robust virtual platform, on-campus activations at partner institutions, and a physical campus located in the Atlanta University Center, Propel will bring labs and technology to participating schools. To learn more,

“We envision a world where all people have access to the tools and resources they need to advance justice,” said Dr. Cortney Harris, vice president of impact and engagement for Propel, in the press release announcement.

“This investment will help elevate the way HBCU students see and experience their place in the world, and we’re so thrilled to partner with Apple to help drive this transformative change.”

The grants are designed to create educational, work-study, and career pathways for students that align with HBCU courses, degrees, certificates, and internships. Propel Center research institution funding will also support graduate student and faculty research, signature programs, and the development of new curricular resources.

The first round of Propel Impact Grants opens today. Applications are due by Monday, December 7, and grant awards will be announced on Friday, December 17. The $200,000 grants will be implemented within the 2022 calendar year.

In addition to professional and financial support from Apple, each grant recipient will receive Apple hardware to support their research and learning, including MacBook Pro, iPad, Apple Pencil, iPhone, and Apple Watch.

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Abbianca Makoni

Abbianca Makoni is a content executive and writer at POCIT! She has years of experience reporting on critical issues affecting diverse communities around the globe.

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