Support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’S) began with the adoption of a recommendation submitted by the Austin (TX) Chapter at the 35th Western Area Conference in Denver, Colo. in 2001. Norma Tucker, 13th Western Area Director, on behalf of the Western Area, recommended support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a national initiative to the 33rd National Assembly in Chicago in 2002, which was approved. In 2004, Gladys Gary Vaughn, 13th National President, charged the Area Directors to design specific methods to promote and support the HBCUs located in their areas. The Western Area Executive Committee approved 14th Western Area Director Sandra Dorsey Malone’s proposal to establish the HBCU Scholarship Endowment Fund.
Various initiatives to raise funds were launched, including:
Proceeds from the initiatives as well as a portion of the profit from the 37th WA Conference went to the initiative. At the close of the 38th Western Area Conference and Malone’s administration (2007), the amount amassed in the fund was $123,620.
Currently, the Western Area has over $542,160 in endowment funds across 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The establishment of an endowment at the tenth Western Area HBCU school, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California, was announced by Western Area Director Roxann Thomas Chargois in December of 2015.
We are proud to collaborate our fund development efforts with the following Colleges and Universities with current individual endowments totaling:
The Western Area launched an annual HBCU Holiday Giving Campaign in 2015, asking each member to contribute at least $25 to this effort.
The goal is to continue to raise $50,000 toward furthering the HBCU cause.