Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement congratulating Medgar Evers College on earning a grant under the Predominately Black Institutions Competitive Grant Program from the United States Department of Education. The five-year grant – for $600,000 in the initial period – will allow the college to create programs that support the academic achievement of students.
“I want to commend President Rudolph F. Crew and his team at Medgar Evers College on earning this highly-competitive five-year grant, which will allow the college to create programs that assist students in remaining enrolled and completing their course of study. It will also support programs that promote highly-effective teaching methods that connect with students. Since it was established in 1970, Medgar Evers College has offered students an excellent opportunity both to study the liberal arts and to prepare for a professional career at a cost affordable for families in Brooklyn. Under the leadership of Dr. Rudy Crew, who has worked tirelessly to provide every student with the skill, intellect and resources necessary to succeed in the classroom and in their future endeavours. Medgar Evers College has continued to pursue this noble purpose. This grant will support its efforts to expand opportunity and develop the talents of the women and men who pursue an education there. As the representative of the Ninth Congressional District of New York, which includes Medgar Evers College, I will continue to work with Dr. Crew, his team, and the entire community of Medgar Evers College to support these programs and expand opportunity in Brooklyn.”
Through the efforts of Congresswoman Clarke, Predominately Black Institutions were recognized in the 2007 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act; the Predominately Black Institutions Competitive Grant Program was a result of this recognition.
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the House of Representatives, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, as well as the Committee on Ethics and the Committee of Small Business proudly represents the neighborhoods of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Midwood, Park Slope, Flatlands, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Sheepshead Bay, and Windsor Terrace.