Lawson State Community College – Birmingham campus was included in one of the latest rounds of recipients for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Endowment initiative.
In September, Lawson State received two contributions: a $10,000 donation from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc. (AKA EAF) to establish an endowed fund and another $1,000 donation from the local Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Both donations were acknowledged during the sorority’s virtual observance of International HBCU Impact Day held Monday, September 21, 2020.
“Lawson State Community College prides itself on being an institution that provides opportunities to students from all walks of life with the best education, tools and resources in preparation for life after Lawson,” said Dr. Cynthia T. Anthony, interim president of Lawson State Community College.
“As we continue to strive for excellence, none of this would be possible without the generous support from the community and organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. that help us further our mission of providing accessible, educational opportunities to our students,” Dr. Anthony added.
For two consecutive years, Alpha Kappa Alpha has made history by raising over $1 million in one day to support HBCUs. The sorority set a goal of providing $10 million to support HBCUs, which included establishing an endowment of up to $100,000 on the campus of each accredited HBCU. In February 2019, Alpha Kappa Alpha distributed thirty-two endowments in furtherance of its program: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action.
The funds are intended to provide scholarships and other financial support to students enrolled at partnering institutions as per the Endowment Agreement.