Xavier University Has a Friend in the Persian Gulf

The Persian Gulf nation of Qatar is donating $60 million to help the people of New Orleans who continue to suffer from the impact of last August’s Hurricane Katrina. Almost a third of the total grant will go to Xavier University, the historically black educational institution in New Orleans, which is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

Qatar will donate $12.5 million to Xavier for the university school of pharmacy to add 60,000 square feet of space to its facilities. In addition, there will be a $5 million grant for Xavier to use for scholarships for students who were affected by the hurricane.