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APPLE AND GOOGLE AWARD MORE THAN $50 MILLION TO HBCUS

Apple and Google have awarded more than $50 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to help bring diversity to the tech industry.

Apple announced Thursday it will award $5 million in “Innovation Grants” to Alabama A&M University, Howard University, Morgan State University, and Prairie View A&M University. The grants are part of Apple’s Silicon Initiative to help prepare HBCU students in technology careers in disciplines such as hardware technology and silicon chip design.

The grants will also support each HBCU’s engineering program and help expand emerging technology coursework and expertise according to USA Today. John M. M. Anderson, the dean of Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture said Apple’s commitment will include more than money.

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