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Amanda Higgins Fund
Research Grant

Amanda Higgins was a brilliant young African American woman who had a strong commitment to the mental health, academic achievement, and well-being of young people. She had an intimate understanding of mental health challenges and the failure of the Western medical system to really help women of African descent heal and prosper in this society. Posthumously, she was awarded her MA in higher education and student affairs from the University of Connecticut. The Amanda Higgins Fund Research Grant was established in her memory and focuses on the well-being of girls and women of African descent, with special focus on mental health and academic counseling.

Amanda Higgins Fund Research Grant eligibility requirements

  1. Be a doctoral student who is a CBB graduate.

  2. Demonstrate financial need.

  3. Have a history of mental health issues, OR 

  4. Experience working with girls or women of African descent, or issues regarding the well-being of girls and women of African descent.

Two $1000 research grants are available. Applications will open August 2023.

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Application Criteria

The applicant must collaborate with a CBB faculty member and submit a 3–5 page research proposal, providing an overview of their project and how it focuses on the health and well-being of girls or women of African Descent. Address the following in your proposal:

  1. Purpose of your study and how it focuses on the mental health and well-being of girls or women of African Descent.

  2. Introduction

  3. Literature review

  4. Research design and methods

  5. Implications and contribution to knowledge about the health and wellbeing of girls or women of African Descent.

  6. Reference list or bibliography

  7. Research schedule

  8. Budget—describe how you will use the funds and articulate the amounts for items.

  9. Revisions and Proofreading

  10. Where you plan to present your research findings (conference, journal article, etc.)

  11. CBB Faculty collaborator

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