DENMARK -- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation, has pledged a $100,000 endowment to Voorhees College as a part of the organization’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund.
On Feb. 28, President W. Franklin Evans will meet with 31 other Historically Black Colleges and Universities presidents at the AKA International Headquarters in Chicago to accept the first installment of $50,000.
AKA International President Dr. Glenda Glover said Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has implemented the AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund with the goal of investing in the future of young people and the sustainability of HBCUs.
“Our organization has pledged to donate a total of $10 million dollars toward the endowment, and we are honored to provide Voorhees the first $50,000 during our February event as we celebrate Black History Month and the legacies of all HBCUs," she said.
The organization will distribute more than $1.6 million to HBCUs during Black History Month. Evans said Voorhees is blessed to receive the funds as the institution continues to rise above financial challenges, student enrollment and graduation and retention rates that many HBCUs suffer from.
“The AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund is a prime example of a prestigious organization that works to make a difference in the lives of students. Higher education can be costly and Voorhees has a mission to assist our students from beginning to end,” Evans said.
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 1,000 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.