Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF), has presented its third round of endowment funds in the amount of $1.6 million to 35 additional HBCUs as part of a four-year fundraising campaign led by AKA International President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Glenda Glover to help secure fiscal sustainability and success across all HBCUs.
“HBCUs have received tremendous media attention over the past several months with the inauguration of America’s first Vice President who is a graduate of an historically Black university,” said Dr. Glover, who also is president of Tennessee State University and an HBCU graduate. “It is an historic moment for HBCUs, who graduate 22% of all African Americans with bachelor degrees, nearly 80% of all African-American judges, and 50% of all Black lawyers. We must continue our efforts to support these treasured educational institutions that make such meaningful contributions to our world through the students they graduate.”
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For the past four years, Dr. Glover has challenged the sorority’s more than 300,000 college-educated members, as well as corporate partners and donors, to raise $1 million in 24 hours through the sorority’s annual HBCU Impact Day. Members and supporters have consistently surpassed the goal, raising $1.3 million in 2020. These funds help schools reduce student debt through scholarships, fund industry-specific research, recruit and retain top faculty, and provide support for other critical operations.
“It is undeniable that HCBUs cultivate leaders whose impact is felt locally in their communities and globally around the world. We are proud to have fully committed our endowment funds to these deserving schools and their students,” said President Glover. “Our investment lends credence to the significance of HBCUs and underscores their contributions to the world.”
At its recent virtual international convention this month, the AKA Educational Advancement Foundation presented unrestricted endowment funds in the amount of $50,000 to the following HBCUs: Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Clinton College, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Jackson State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morgan State University, Morris College, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Simmons College of Kentucky, Southwestern Christian College, Spelman College, Texas Southern University, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the District of Columbia, University of the Virgin Islands, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, Winston-Salem State University, and Xavier University of Louisiana. Receiving endowments of $12,500 were Bishop State Community College, Coahoma Community College, and Shorter College.