Hampton University to Donate Tuition, Room and Board to Bahamian Students Post-Dorian

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew Petty Officer 2nd Class Sam Fuller, Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike Lewis, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jethro Hauser, Ltcdr. Tony Lumpkin and Lt. Travis Rhera in support of search and rescue and humanitarian aid in the Bahamas, Sept. 4, 2019. The Coast Guard is supporting the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency and the Royal Bahamian Defense Force, who are leading search and rescue efforts in the Bahamas (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez)

By Angela Jones

After the storm clouds rolled away and the massive devastation that Hurricane Dorian left behind became evident, students enrolled at the University of the Bahamas-North were given a reason to hope again. Hampton University has entered into an agreement with their school to allow students, displaced by the hurricane, to enroll in classes for the Fall semester at Hampton University. These students will not have to pay tuition or room and board. They will also have the option to continue their education at Hampton after the Fall semester at the regular tuition rates.

“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.

Hampton University and the University of the Bahamas were connected before this agreement. Dr. Rodney Smith, the President of the University of the Bahamas, was previously the Administrative Vice President and Chief Planning Officer at Hampton University.

“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,” said Lawrence Rigby. Rigby is the Student Government Association President 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.”

The Hampton University Office of Admissions can be reached at 757-727-5328.

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