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HBCU Offers Free Tuition for Students Displaced by Hurricane Dorian

In a humanitarian gesture, a Virginia-based HBCU is offering students displaced by Hurricane Dorian to continue their studies at the university for free.

Hampton University is entering into an agreement with the University of the Bahamas-North to allow students who have been affected by the hurricane to continue their studies uninterrupted.

Last week, Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas killing at least 43 people and leaving a trail of destruction. The United Nations estimated that nearly 70,000 people are in need of food and shelter.

“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,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.

Students from the University of the Bahamas-North will be eligible to receive free room and board for one semester and can later extend their stay by paying regular tuition rates.

“Hampton has been the educational choice for many Bahamians over its long history,” said Alumni Lawrence Rigby from Nassau, New Providence. “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.”

Meanwhile, the university has resumed its operation on Thursday at the Oakes Field Campus and Grosvenor Close Centre in the Bahamas after remaining closed for nearly a week due to the hurricane.

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