North Carolina A&T State University, the historically black educational institution in Greensboro, received a grant from the American Cancer Society to establish a College Against Cancer chapter on campus. The grant funds will be to train students to conduct health awareness programs such as the Great American Smokeout and the Relay for Life on campus. The grant is under the direction of Phoebe Butler-Ajibade, assistant professor of human performance and leisure studies at North Carolina A&T.

Dillard University, the historically black educational institution in New Orleans, received a $1 million grant from the estate of singer Ray Charles. When he was alive Charles had donated $1 million to Dillard to establish an endowed chair in black culinary studies. The current gift will be used to help Dillard in its continuing efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina flooded much of the campus in August 2005.

• The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, an organization providing scholarships to students at 47 of the nation’s publicly operated black colleges and universities, received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Foundation. The grant will be used to fund scholarships for students in any discipline at any one of the 47 member institutions.