The Fedex Foundation made a $331,800 grant to the United Negro College Fund to establish a scholarship program for students at historically black colleges and universities.

The Leadership Alliance received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a summer undergraduate research program for minority students who plan to pursue doctoral level training in the social sciences or humanities.

The Leadership Alliance is based at Brown University. Additional members are Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Tufts, Yale, the University of Chicago, and the University of Virginia.