(l to r: FVSU President Paul Jones, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Representatives Carolyn Randolph, South Atlantic director, Dr. Glenda Glover, international president, and Erika Everett, executive director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Achievement Foundation, Inc.)
(Fort Valley, GA)— Fort Valley State University (FVSU) today received $50,000 from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first installment of a $100,000 pledge to the university from the organization, known as the first major African-American sorority established by college women. The 300,000-member sorority selected FVSU and 31 other historically black colleges and universities to receive funding from their AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund. FVSU President Paul Jones joined Alpha Kappa Alpha International President Glenda Glover and presidents from other institutions today at the organization’s headquarters in Chicago, Illinois for a check presentation.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha’s investment in our students is a testament to the crucial role of HBCUs like Fort Valley State University in producing the competent and innovative students who are the future of the global workforce,” said Dr. Jones. “This gift will allow us to provide a high-quality education to more high-performing students who just need some financial help in order to make their academic dreams a reality. They are willing to do the hard work, and through gifts like this, we are able to provide the support they deserve.”
Fort Valley State University will use the Alpha Kappa Alpha donation for scholarships. The AKA-HBCU Endowment is a $10 million initiative to provide financial support to historically black colleges and universities. Today’s gift is one of several recent demonstrations of support from the organization for FVSU. Alumni of FVSU’s Alpha Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, one of the oldest chapters in the organization, recently presented the university with a check for $75,000 to mark their 75th chapter anniversary.
“This is our way of boldly announcing to the world that Alpha Kappa Alpha is answering the call to action with a resounding charge of ‘HBCU for life,’” said Dr. Glenda Glover, international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha. “Our fabric is deeply interwoven into the history of HBCUs. Through unity, sustainability, and dedication to student success, we have carved out our path to a greater tomorrow.”
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About Fort Valley State University
Founded in 1895, Fort Valley State University is one of the nation’s most innovative academic institutions, leveraging its unique role as a state and land-grant institution to make educational opportunity available for everyone. The university’s undergraduate and graduate campus and online degree programs enroll almost 3,000 students from all over the world. As part of its commitment to excellence, the university has produced more African-Americans with mathematics degrees than any other college in the nation in two of the past three years. FVSU students participate in more than 80 academic and civic organizations, honor societies, and study abroad programs. FVSU is Georgia’s only 1890 land-grant institution, is part of the University System of Georgia, and is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II. Learn more by visiting www.FVSU.edu.
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
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 Educational Advancement Foundation, visit www.AKAEAF.org.