Howard University received a $1 million grant from the Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first sorority founded by black women. The funds will be used to create an endowed scholarship program to honor Nellie Quander, the sorority’s first president. The endowment will also be used to maintain the large collection of sorority documents housed at the university’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.

Florida A&M University, the historically black educational institution in Tallahassee, received a $250,000 grant from Walgreens, the drug store retailer. The grant will be used for scholarships for students in the university’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The University of Missouri received a $25,000 gift from an alumnus to establish an endowment fund to support the university’s black studies program. The gift was from the great-great-grandson of James S. Rollins, one of the founding fathers of the university who, prior to the Civil War, owned 34 slaves. The fund will be called the James S. Rollins Atonement Fund.

The National Science Foundation has announced a $1.1 million grant to further the funding of the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education initiative aimed at increasing the number of minority women pursuing graduate study in mathematics. The program was founded and is currently led by Rhonda Hughes, a mathematics professor at Bryn Mawr College, and Sylvia Bozeman, professor of mathematics at Spelman College.