Fort Valley State University will receive a $2.3 million federal grant for the upcoming fiscal year.
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, announced Wednesday that the university was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive the grant under the Historically Black Colleges and the Universities Institutional Aid Program. Fort Valley State is one of three public historically black colleges and universities in Georgia.
"I am very pleased that Fort Valley State University is the recipient of the this grant," Bishop, whose district includes Fort Valley, said in a written statement. "These funds will go a long way toward enhancing the institution's ability to continue providing quality education to its students."
The annual amount of the five-year grant will vary based on appropriations allocated to the Department of Education. The grant's purpose is to assist in the creation or enhancing of academic resources, financial management, endowments and physical facilities.
"These funds will be used to strengthen academic programs and other initiatives in support of the university and our students," Fort Valley State president Larry E. Rivers said.
Fort Valley State spokeswoman Cindy Gambill said specifics have yet to be worked out, but the grant will likely be used for academic services, endowment and facilities. This is the first time the institution has received the grant.