University of the Bahamas students displaced by Hurricane Dorian can enroll for free at Hampton University this semester as part of an agreement between the two schools.
Students from the University of the Bahamas also will receive free room and board for the 2019 Fall semester, officials of both schools announced. Classes began September 3.
Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton’s president and Dr. Rodney Smith, president of the University of the Bahamas, reached the agreement after Dorian, at times a slow-moving hurricane, battered The Bahamas with high winds and torrential rains for two days.
The hurricane formed on August 28 and dissipated on September 14. Dorian initially was a Category 5 Hurricane and later a Category 4 storm. Forty-three people so far are known to have died as the storm raked the island.
The University’s campus in East Grand Bahama sustained severe flooding and devastating storm damage. The school has three academic campuses.
Students, who are enrolled in University of the Bahamas-North, will be able to attend Hampton, a Historically Black College, based in Hampton, Virginia.
After the semester ends, students from the Bahamas can remain enrolled as students at Hampton, paying regular tuition and fees. People can donate to the University of the Bahamas through Crowd Source.
“Hampton has been the educational choice of many Bahamians over the 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, 2015 student government 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.”