Foster- Johnson Health Center Receives $500,000 Grant for Renovation Project

National Park Service Provides Funding Through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Foster-Johnson Health CenterGRAMBLING, La. – August 18, 2020–Grambling State University announced it has been selected to receive $500,000 from the National Park Service’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant program for renovation of the Foster-Johnson Health Center in Grambling State University’s Historic Village.

“We are grateful for this support from the National Park Service to preserve one of Grambling State’s most important landmarks.” said University President Rick Gallot.

The renovation project is supported by a grant from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities fund as administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

“As Grambling State continues to make Louisiana history, we hope to find the digital library and other new construction on future lists of historically valuable landmarks,” said Dr. Rudolph Ellis, Associate Dean of Student Services.

Ellis worked with Rene Harris of University Facilities Management team and other key University staff members to acquire the grant funding for infrastructure preservation. Foster-Johnson Health Center, built in 1943, was named after Madison Foster, a physician from Monroe, and Edward A. Johnson, who drove 200 miles roundtrip from Natchitoches to serve Grambling Campus and community residents.

About Grambling State University 
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody. For more information, visit

Kathy Spurlock