• Derrick Darby, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Kansas, received a $40,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation of Chicago for his research on racial inequality in educational achievement.

Professor Darby is a graduate of Colgate University. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

• Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, received a $100,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to endow scholarships for minority students.

• Virginia Union University, the historically black educational institution in Richmond, received a $1 million grant from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the energy firm Dominion Resources. The money will be used to support student scholarships and academic programs.