Dillard and Xavier universities and Southern University at New Orleans have been awarded a total of $7.8 million from the federal Education Department to bolster their academic departments and financial-management systems, improve their buildings and raise money. Other Louisiana schools benefiting from the five-year grants to historically black colleges and universities are Southern University's campuses in Baton Rouge and Shreveport and Grambling State University.
Local colleges and the amounts they received are Dillard, slightly more than $2 million; SUNO, nearly $2.6 million; and Xavier, about $3.2 million.
Louisiana schools received about $19.3 million, with $3.4 going to Grambling, $5.3 million to Southern University in Baton Rouge and $2.8 to Southern's Shreveport campus.
Nationally, nearly $228 million was awarded to 97 institutions of higher education. According to the Education Department, such grants are awarded annually.