• The University of South Carolina received a five-year, $1 million grant from the Wachovia Foundation for a summer program for black and other minority high school students interested in a career in business. This summer 30 minority students who will be seniors in high school came to campus for a week of intense academic study. The university hopes to offer full college scholarships to its undergraduate business program to eight of the 30 summer interns.

• Eight colleges and universities in Virginia and North Carolina have formed the VA-NC Alliance for Minority Participation in engineering and applied sciences. Funded by a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the program seeks to double the number of black and other minority students who earn degrees in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields at these eight higher educational institutions.

The Virginia schools participating in the alliance are the University of Virginia, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech. In North Carolina, the participating schools are Bennett College, Elizabeth City State University, St. Augustine’s College, and Johnson C. Smith University.

Xavier University, the historically black educational institution in New Orleans, received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant will be used to fund the university’s Center for Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery.