LOS ANGELES, CA – The Far Western Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated has gifted Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science with a $20,000 gift to provide scholarships to deserving students attending the university. The donation will fund the Alpha Kappa Alpha: Dare to Be Different – Dixon Scholarship Fund honoring the visionary leadership of 25th Far Western Regional Director Carol R. Dixon.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha: Dare to Be Different – Dixon Scholarship Fund will be awarded to two students per semester in $500 disbursements. Eligibility for the scholarship will be based on financial need, residency (student must reside within one of the nine states representing Alpha Kappa Alpha Far Western Region) and community service.

Carol R. Dixon, 25th Far Western Regional Director, is honored to continue the legacy of giving that Alpha Kappa Alpha has maintained for over 112 years. Regarding the gift, she said, “Charles R. Drew University is the only Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI) in California and remains one of our favorite partners. I am beyond honored to support this historic institution and contribute to the education and accomplishments of students so worthy of this assistance. Alpha Kappa Alpha has made many ground-breaking strides in the support of medicine and health equity. This scholarship is another step in maintaining that legacy.”

“We are grateful for this gift from Alpha Kappa Alpha and deeply appreciative that this esteemed national sorority shares our vision for the importance of education and the drive for health equity, particularly in low-income communities of color,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. “I also want to extend my personal thanks to the 25th Western Region’s Director Carol R. Dixon for her leadership and long-time support of our University and mission.”

The Far Western Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. consists of chapters in nine states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington), which constitutes the Sorority’s largest geographic region.

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About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of nearly 300,000 members in more than 1000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa, and in the Middle East. Led by International President Dr. Glenda Glover, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African American women.” For more information, visit www.aka1908.com.

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, non-profit student-centered minority-serving medical and health sciences University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. For more information, visit www.cdrewu.edu.

Photo of President Jerald Jones Woolfolk during her Inauguration as the 20th President of Lincoln University of Missouri. Photo courtesy of Lincoln University.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF), has pledged an endowment in the amount of $100,000 to Lincoln University as a part of the organization’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund.

On February 28, 2019, Lincoln University’s President Jerald Jones Woolfolk will come together with 31 other presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) at the Alpha Kappa Alpha International Headquarters in Chicago to accept the first installment of their institution’s award.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has implemented the AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund with the goal of investing in the future of our young people and the sustainability of our treasured HBCU’s” said Dr. Glenda Glover, Alpha Kappa Alpha International President. “Our organization has pledged to donate a total of $10 million dollars towards the endowment, and we are honored to provide Lincoln University the first $50,000 during our February event as we celebrate Black History Month and the legacies of all HBCU’s.”

This historic event will gather presidents from HBCU’s across the nation and feature remarks from Dr. Glenda Glover as well as a tour of the iconic and recently renovated Ivy center International Headquarters in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.

Lincoln University President Jerald Jones Woolfolk, a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha says; “Lincoln University (Missouri) is honored to have been selected as one of the first recipients to be awarded $100,000 from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund. These funds will have an enormous impact on Lincoln University as it will allow us to provide more scholarships dollars to students who otherwise could not obtain a college education and to aid in ensuring Lincoln University’s sustainability for another 153 years. As does Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lincoln University has a proud history as an HBCU which provides access and opportunity to all.” She continued; “I will travel to the headquarters Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Chicago to receive the award. I am a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and I am proud of the impact that Lincoln University (Missouri) has had on the lives of thousands of students who have com through it doors since 1866. I am proud and privilege to lead this historic University! On behalf of the member of Lincoln University (Missouri), I say thank you to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.! Your gift helps us continue making dreams come true. We are Focused! We are determined! We Are Lincoln!

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About Lincoln University of Missouri

Lincoln University of Missouri is a historically black, 1890 land-grant, public, comprehensive institution that provides excellent educational opportunities including theoretical and applied learning experiences to a diverse population with a nurturing, student-centered environment. Established in 1866 by the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantry Regiments, the campus is located in the capitol of Missouri. The University currently serves a student population of approximately 2,500. Today, Lincoln University is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in this country. For more information, visit www.lincolnu.edu.

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of nearly 300,000 members in more than 1000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Libera, the Bahmas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and Middle East. Led by International President Glenda Glover, Ph.D., JD, CPA. Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit www.AKA1908.com. For more information on Educational Advancement Foundation, visit www.AKAEAF.org.