Aetna Insurance entered into a two-year agreement to sponsor the championship tournament and other special events of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The conference includes teams from a dozen historically black colleges and universities. Under the agreement Aetna will provide scholarship grants to member colleges and universities to support medical training and internship programs.

• Lincoln University, a historically black educational institution in Pennsylvania, received a $3.9 million grant from the state’s Health Research Advisory Committee. Lincoln University will partner with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Fox Chase Cancer Center, Haverford College, and Thomas Jefferson University to develop a procedure to restore the function of damaged islet cells. These cells produce insulin.