More than 2,300 marchers, including many Lutherans, risked arrest by entering Fort Benning [Ga.] Military Reservation to protest the U.S. Army School of the Americas, which, according to the Northeastern Minnesota Synod, has "trained many of the elite Central and Latin American military leaders and units responsible for numerous assassinations, disappearances, torture and mass terror. The demonstrators were ejected from the base and warned that anyone re-entering would be fined or jailed. Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., received a $2.4 million gift for its endowment fund, one of the largest the school has received. The bequest was made by Alma Meisnest, who died in 1997. Several ELCA pastors audit classes through a program at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C., that allows Lutherans to sit in and learn for free. Michael McDaniel, former bishop of the North Carolina Synod and director of the school's Center for Theology, has taught several classes. ELCA pastors are required to compete 25 hours of continuing education a year, and 19 audited McDaniel's latest class on the Reformation. "We're making it possible for pastors and laity to continue thinking .. what's more important than that?" McDaniel said. Overall student entrollment for the ELCA's 28 colleges and universities has increased by 10 percent in the last decade, according the ELCA Division for Higher Education and Schools. Enrollment for students of color increased by more than 64 percent. The number of full-time students for the 1998-99 academic year is 46,814, an increase of 4,265 from 1988-89. The number of full-time students of color for 1998-99 is 4,357, up 1,701 from 1988-89. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, through the Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation, awarded college scholarships to 10 youth from LIRS foster care programs. Youth applying for scholarships wrote an essay on "What America Means to Me." This year's recipients mentioned safety, freedom of expression and educational opportunities in their essays.