Despite progress and national direction, historically black colleges and universities across the country still need public support.
CHICAGO, September 17, 2021 / PRNewswire / – For the fourth consecutive year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® will devote a progressive objective to $ 1 million in 24 hours for their national HBCU Impact Day initiative. Set for Monday, September 20, 2021, the annual fundraiser is part of the sorority’s four years, $ 10 million commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) led by the President and CEO of AKA International, Dr. Glenda glover. The more than 300,000 graduate members of the organization’s colleges, corporate partners and donors are challenged to make contributions to contribute to the financial sustainability and operations of more than 100 HBCUs across the country.
“The contributions of the HBCU can no longer be overlooked. Just look to the White House or the United States Congress.”
Dr Glover, who is also chairman of Tennessee State University and an HBCU graduate, says that while HBCUs are currently experiencing a renaissance that has brought about a new level of awareness, more needs to be done for their long-term survival and sustainability.
“Despite recent national attention to HBCUs in 2021 and progressive funding from state and federal government, HBCUs still lag far behind other higher education institutions in terms of ongoing and sustainable support,” adds Dr. Glover.
In 2021, the sorority gifted $ 1.6 million to 35 eligible four-year HBCUs. Endowments on these campuses will increase in perpetuity and help schools reduce student debt through scholarships, fund industry-specific research and provide much needed infrastructure maintenance. These funds are proving to be extremely crucial in today’s higher education climate.
HBCUs continue to be underfunded and now have an additional burden of operational challenges with the impact of the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now more than ever, it is time for Alpha Kappa Alpha to step up, as we have been doing for over 113 years, with our partners and continue our call to action for our historic higher education institutions,” says Glover. “The contributions of HBCUs can no longer be overlooked or minimized. Just look at the White House or the United States Congress. HBCUs account for nearly 25% of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans. I can’t imagine a world without HBCU, but I can imagine how much stronger the world would be if we all supported the HBCU community. “
Members and supporters have gone beyond $ 1 million goal over the past three years. Last year’s Impact Day was lifted $ 1.3 million in 2020.
HBCU Impact Day is part of the HBCU Sisterhood Recognition of the Week. At September 20, chapters around the world will organize fundraising events in support of the $ 1 million fundraising goal. Interested donors can donate by mail or online at http://donate.akaeaf.org during the 24 hour campaign. For more information on the sisterhood’s commitment to HBCUs, visit www.AKA1908.com
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington DC in 1908. It is the oldest organization of Greek letters established by African-American women with a university education. Alpha Kappa Alpha is made up of over 300,000 members in over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate sections in United States, the US Virgin Islands, Liberia, Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea, South Africa, and in the Middle East. Led by Global President and CEO Glenda Glover Ph.D., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek literature organization for African American women.” Visit www.aka1908.com for more information.
About the AKA Educational Promotion Foundation
Over 40 years ago, the Foundation for the Advancement of Education was established by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to promote lifelong learning. It is now the largest foundation of minority women in the country with assets totaling over $ 22.7 million. The foundation made a donation $ 6.5 million for scholarships, fellowships and community aid grants and is an organization with a rich and distinguished history of service spanning nearly a century. The establishment of the Foundation for the Advancement of Education was the method by which Alpha Kappa Alpha. Inc. sought to ensure that there would always be support for education, its oldest service program. Today, the Foundation, a financially strong and viable organization, is a powerful tool for good, pooling the resources of others who share this vision of offering a perpetual source of educational support.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is implementing an AKA HBCU endowment initiative in partnership with EAF, in which an endowed scholarship will be established at each accredited four-year HBCU. The goal is to brand the Alpha Kappa Alpha brand of financial support on every HBCU campus to help students stay in school, complete their education, and receive their college degrees. For more information on the Foundation for the Promotion of Education, please visit www.akaeaf.org.
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