Chicago State University received a $1 million grant from the Walgreen Company for a program to support recruitment of more black and minority students to the university’s new College of Pharmacy which will open in the fall of 2008. Only 5 percent of all pharmacy school graduates in Illinois are black.

Miles College, the historically black educational institution in Fairfield, Alabama, received a four-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a program to increase the number of black students in the natural sciences. The grant will fund the purchase of research equipment and enable the college to hold summer institutes for high school students interested in the study of science.