• Johnson C. Smith University, the historically black educational institution in Charlotte, North Carolina, has received a $1 million grant from the Wachovia Foundation. The grant will be used to fund the Wachovia Excellence Endowed Scholarships and the JCSU Student Leadership Program.

• Meharry Medical College, the historically black medical school in Nashville, Tennessee, received a $1 million grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to fund the medical school’s Women’s Health Research Center. The center conducts research in diseases that disproportionately impact women and minorities, particularly diseases that affect African-American women.

The center is under the direction of Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, senior vice president for health affairs and dean of the school of medicine.