ITTA BENA, Miss.—The first Greek-lettered sorority for African American women is illustrating its commitment to historically black colleges and universities with the establishment of an endowment at 32 of those institutions, including Mississippi Valley State University.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF), has pledged an endowment for $100,000 to MVSU as part of the organization’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund.
MVSU President Dr. Jerryl Briggs will travel to Chicago Feb. 28 to the Alpha Kappa Alpha International Headquarters in Chicago to accept the first installment of their institution’s award. The historic event will gather presidents from HBCUs 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.
“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 HBCUs,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International President, Dr. Glenda Glover. “Our organization has pledged to donate a total of $10 million towards the endowment, and we are honored to provide MVSU the first $50,000 during our February event as we celebrate Black History Month and the legacies of all HBCUs.”
“We are grateful to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and their International President Dr. Glenda Glover for their generosity and commitment to HBCUs,” said Briggs. “This endowment will help in assisting MVSU students who have financial constraints to remain in school. I look forward to attending the HBCU President's Reception next week, and again, we are so thankful.”
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 the 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 the Educational Advancement Foundation, visit www.AKAEAF.org.