Hampton University, a historically black institute is stepping up to help students in the Bahamas who are affected by the destructive Hurricane Dorian. This Thursday, it announced plans to partner with the University of the Bahamas to permit students who have been displaced by the hurricane to spend the fall semester on its campus in Hampton, Virginia, tuition-free.
Hampton University President William R. Harvey said in a statement, “I think this agreement is something that can be helpful to a great number of students and families and is part of something I’ve tried to do my entire career — helping people to achieve and meet their goals”.
The President of the University of the Bahamas, Rodney Smith is the former administrative vice president and chief planning officer at Hampton University. This partnership will enable University of Bahamas students to receive room and board for one semester free of charge. They will also have the opportunity to continue staying at Hampton after the semester is over while paying standard tuition and fees.
Smith and Harvey’s came to this agreement after Hurricane Dorian thrashed the Bahamas and wiped out entire neighborhoods when it made landfall as a Category 5 storm last Sunday. Dorian has been recorded as the slowest and strongest hurricane ever to hit the Bahamas.
Lawrence Rigby, a 2015 graduate from Hampton University expressed in a statement that he is pleased to see his university helping other Bahamian students continue their education during this difficult time.
Rigby who was the 2014-2015 Student Government Association President from Nassau, New Providence, said, “Hampton has been the educational choice for many Bahamians over its long history. I am grateful to President Harvey and university leadership on this demonstration of kindness and humanity to my home in our time of need. Young Bahamians from Abaco and Grand Bahama who are looking for the tools to rebuild their lives and our home will find them at Hampton.”