Philander Smith College Gets $2M Grant for School of Allied & Public Health


Philander Smith College Gets $2M Grant for School of Allied & Public Health
The Philander Smith College campus in Little Rock (Mauren Kennedy)

Philander Smith College in Little Rock has received a $2 million grant from the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church to support the first phase of fundraising for the school's Dr. Joycelyn Elders School of Allied and Public Health. 

The funds will be used for the renovation and expansion of existing laboratory, research, and clinical spaces located within the Harry R. Kendall Science and Health Mission Center, which houses the School of Allied and Public Health.

The money will also fund a health simulation center and enhanced classroom spaces, skills and computer labs, and faculty spaces. 

"These spaces will provide vital health education and research opportunities for future generations of Black students and faculty," Roland Fernandes, general secretary of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, said in a news release. 

The historically Black college's School of Allied and Public Health is a $29.5 million project divided into two phases. The first phase is estimated to cost $9.5 million and includes $5 million dedicated to renovating and expanding existing facilities. The second phase will create a $20 million state-of-the-art health complex.

Philander Smith said that $6.5 million has been raised for the project so far.