Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to present Alcorn State University with first installment of $100,000 endowment
Over $1.6 Million distributed to HBCUs during Black History Month
Lorman, Mississippi (January 31, 2019)– Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF), has pledged an endowment in the amount of $100,000 to Alcorn State University as a part of the organization’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund.
On Feb. 28, Alcorn’s own, Interim President Dr. Donzell Lee, will come together with 31 other presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the Alpha Kappa Alpha International Headquarters in Chicago to accept the first installment of their institution’s award.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has implemented the AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund with the goal of investing in the future of our young people and the sustainability of our treasured HBCUs,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International President, Dr. Glenda Glover. “Our organization has pledged to donate a total of $10 million dollars towards the endowment, and we are honored to provide Alcorn the first $50,000 during our February event as we celebrate Black History Month and the legacies of all HBCUs.”
The newly acquired funds will assist Alcorn in providing its students with quality scholarships, along with aiding the university with building renovations and upgrading technology.
The historic event will gather presidents from HBCUs across the nation and feature remarks from Dr. Glenda Glover as well as a tour of the iconic and recently renovated Ivy Center International Headquarters in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.
“This endowment is a significant step in Alcorn’s pursuit of excellence. We are delighted to be a part of this initiative, and we thank the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for their impact on our beloved university,” said Lee.
Alcorn is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second-oldest state-supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Alcorn University was founded in 1871 as a result of the people of Mississippi’s efforts to educate the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans. It was named in honor of the sitting governor of Mississippi, James L. Alcorn.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of nearly 300,000 members in more than 1000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and the Middle East. Led by International President Glenda Glover, Ph.D, JD, CPA, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit www.AKA1908.com. For more information on Educational Advancement Foundation, visit www.AKAEAF.org.