Xavier University in New Orleans received a six-year, $600,000 grant from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation for the establishment of one or more endowed professorships. University president Norman Francis hopes to raise private money and get matching grants from the state of Louisiana to fund up to 12 endowed chairs.

The Indiana University system received more than $1 million in grant funding from the Lumina Foundation for Education. A large part of the grant will be earmarked for retention programs aimed at black men at the flagship Bloomington campus of Indiana University. Indiana University South Bend and Indiana University Southeast each received two-year, $100,000 grants for their 21st Century Scholars program which provides support services and scholarship funds for low-income students.