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HBCU Hampton University Offers A Free Semester to Displaced Bahamian Students

By Danielle Dorsey

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Historically Black Hampton University announced on Thursday that it would be partnering with the University of the Bahamas to help students who have been displaced by Hurricane Dorian. Students will be invited to spend the fall semester on Hampton’s Virginia campus, tuition-free. 

In a statement released to CNN, Hampton University President William R. Harvey said, “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.” 

Harvey worked with the current President of the University of the Bahamas Rodney Smith on the agreement. Smith served as a former administrative vice president and chief planning officer at Hampton.

Qualifying University of The Bahamas students will be eligible to receive room and board for one semester. They will also have the option of becoming a student and continuing their education at Hampton after the semester is over, though they’ll then be subject to standard tuition and fees.

Hurricane Dorian is the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas. As of Thursday, the Category 5 storm had claimed 20 lives. 

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