SUMTER, S.C. (courtesy morris.edu) — Morris College has received a $50,000 endowment from Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF) for establishing an endowed fund or scholarship. The endowment is part of the sorority’s nationwide effort to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
For three consecutive years, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF), has successfully raised over $1 million in one day to support HBCUs. “Thank you Dr. Glenda Glover, international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., for the generous gift,” said Morris President Leroy Staggers. “We are so happy and excited to accept this check from the AKA HBCU Endowment Fund. It will go a long way towards assisting our students in their education.”
The award was presented to Morris College by Maria Newton Ta’Bon, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Zeta Omega; Dr. Cynthia Grahman, chairman of EAF; Sandra Williams, chair HBCU; and Bernadetta Rice Robinson, chair of International Program Chapter.
“We are so excited to be able to give to an HBCU, and personally as an HBCU graduate, I find it quite an honor to not just be a part of giving, but to be a part of an organization that supports education,” said Ta’Bon. “What an exciting time it is to be able to give back to our children.”