Apple awards $5 million ‘Innovation Grants’ to 4 historically black colleges and universities

Apple is awarding $5 million “Innovation Grants” to four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the company announced Thursday.

Apple Park in Cupertino, California
Apple Park in Cupertino, California

Terry Collins for USA TODAY:

Alabama A&M University, Howard University, Morgan State University, and Prairie View A&M University will get the grants, which are part of Apple’s broader $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, the tech giant launched in June 2020.

The three-year grants are part of the iPhone maker’s New Silicon Initiative to help prepare students for careers in hardware technology and silicon chip design. Apple said the grants will support each university’s engineering school as well as help expand emerging hardware technologies coursework and expertise, particularly in computer architecture and silicon engineering.

“Apple will collaborate closely with our computer engineering faculty to strengthen our course offerings and laboratory capabilities in the areas of integrated circuit design, fabrication, and testing,” said John M. M. Anderson, dean of Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture, in a statement. “Additionally, through design projects and internships, our students will have the opportunity to engage with Apple engineers and benefit greatly from their knowledge, experience, and mentorship.”

MacDailyNews Take: Congrats, computer architecture and silicon engineering students at Alabama A&M University, Howard University, Morgan State University, and Prairie View A&M University!

15 Comments

    1. Dopey response. Large universities live and die by “handouts.” The best schools know that increasing their endowments is an ongoing priority if they want to survive. Getting “handouts” from donors or corporations is one of the most important priorities for any and every school in higher education.

      Far better that such handouts are voluntarily given by individuals and corporations than forcibly extracted from taxpayers.

      1. Typical libturd response Black colleges are racist. Donating to black colleges is racist.

        “forcibly extracted from taxpayers” is called theft = libturds

        And you wonder why Americans despise libturds.

    2. I get fundraising appeals from my college at least twice a week. One of my classmates, who is a substantial donor, is worth over $12 billion. Most HBCUs don’t have many alumni in that class.

      1. “One of my classmates, who is a substantial donor, is worth over $12 billion.”

        Oh yeah? One of my classmates is worth over $15 billion!

        Ha ha ha ha ha!

          1. Flip burgers, that’s funny, you crack me up just like Hunter Biden!

            My classmate is the Managing Partner of one of the largest law firms, Dewey, Cheatem & Howe.

  1. Isn’t this a bad optic for Apple, where the whiter than white, snow white, snow, Tim Cook gives a money handout to historically POC’s colleges and universities. It makes it seem like these universities can’t do it on their own, unless they have whitey intervene. Where’s Le Bron? Where’s Jay Z? Where’s Spike Lee? Where’s BET’s Robert Johnson? Do these colleges and universities really need whitey’s help if whitey is such a racist as is claimed? Besides, I hear the POC’s were the ones that built this country, and they did so under conditions that were a lot harsher than the POC’s of today have to endure. #Landback.

    Wake me up when America is less woke.

    1. What makes you think that Tim Cook hasn’t given to historically white colleges and universities? He is a substantial donor to Auburn University, which was designed and built for white people in 1856. It took a federal judge and a small army of federal law enforcement officers to force the admission of the first Black graduate student in 1964, who was then denied a degree after successfully completing his thesis. The student body is currently 5% Black (down from 7.4% in 2011) in a state that is 28% Black.

      Rice University in Houston was expressly founded as a whites-only institution in 1891, when 40% of the local population was Black. The Founder, William Marsh Rice, was a slaveholder before the War, a Confederate profiteer during the War, and a segregationist after the War. The first African-American to receive a Rice bachelor’s degree was in 1970.

      The largest university in my state, Texas A&M University, was created in 1866, and granted its first degree to a Black undergraduate in 1968. The irony is that the funding for A&M (like Auburn) came from the Morrill Land Grant College Act, which was sponsored by US Sen. Matthew Gaines (R-TX), who was Black himself. Even in 2021, A&M has an undergraduate population that is 2.8% Black in a state that is 12% Black.

  2. Besides “Equity,” being inextricably linked to compromise, “higher education” has steadily shown itself to be fraudulent and a platform for grift.
    Btw, I treasure my time at the university, both leading up to obtaining my terminal degree and as a prof…but there are few institutions I’d reco’d today.
    Applicable quote from one many consider an Uncle Tom because he “rebelliously” deviates from approved policy:

  3. Should have added; it’s valuable and curious to note, it’s the party that’s, supposedly, not-racist that calls out blacks such as Sowell as being a sort of deviant cro-magnon. There are so many things wrong with this thinking…purely racist and “keep you on the plantation” mindset, but it’s NEVER seen as problematic by this party. That should at least result in a big ponderous, “hmmm.” If I was a member and I sought to free culture from racist thinking, I’d move on to a club that AT LEAST didn’t hold this proactive racist POV. Is “IT” so deep they don’t see this “club membership as racist?

    Let’s not forget…if one doesn’t vote for me, you ain’t black. He should have added, “our leash is better for you.”

  4. Any person who extols CRT, besides having a problem with logic, is ok with the racism inherent in the ideology. Such people can be any ethnicity, but it seems the white liberal is the most enthralled with the racism it promotes. It also seems to excite the authoritarian within…demanding others to bow with (white) shame to the CRT postulates.

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