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.