NTIA awards $175M to minority-serving institutions

NTIA distributed final funds to upgrade college tech under its Connecting Minority Communities Pilot.
White Hall building, Tuskegee University
White Hall building, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama (Carol M. Highsmith / Buyenlarge / Getty Images)

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration this week announced awards totaling $175 million for 61 minority-serving colleges and universities. 

The grants are to be the last awarded under the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program, which was created to help minority-serving institutions upgrade campus technology and increase digital literacy skills.

One of the largest awards announced Monday went to Tuskegee University in Alabama, a $3.5 million grant to upgrade its fiber optic network, enhance cybersecurity protections and update aging audio-visual equipment in learning spaces.

“The Department of Commerce has made significant investments into minority-serving colleges and universities, and I am proud to say that all funding from the Connecting Minority Communities program has been distributed to help make internet connectivity a reality for tens of thousands of students at minority-serving colleges and universities across the country,” Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said in a press release.


Ninety-three institutions were awarded funding under the NTIA program, including 43 historically Black colleges and universities, 24 Hispanic-serving institutions, 21 minority serving institutions and five tribal colleges and universities. 

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