Monday night (September 23), Hampton University hosted and embraced students from the University of The Bahamas who were displaced due to the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Dorian.
Forty-six students from the Caribbean school were met by a Hampton welcome-wagon at the airport after flying to Virginia from the Bahamas. One student who made the trip was very thankful for the HBCU’s generosity during a difficult time.
“I hope that God is going to be with us,” they said, according to The Grio. “Because when you think of all the people, all the kindness, all the help they’ve offered us, who don’t know us, the most we can do is repay them with excellence.”
Carniesha Demeritte, another student who just arrived, noticed a huge difference in the size of campus between the University of The Bahamas and Hampton.
“It’s really big,” she said, according to the Virginian-Pilot. “It’s just huge. Our campus is a block long. What would take a minute to walk on our campus would take 10 minutes here.”
Hampton’s administrators announced they’d be partnering up with UB in order to allow displaced students to spend a fall semester on their campus for free.
Many residents of the island were impacted by the two-day Category 5 story, which resulted in at least 30 deaths and a reported $7 billion in damage. Hampton President Dr. William R. Harvey expressed why his school took on this generous initiative.
“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,” he said in an official statement on Hampton University’s website.
A semester at Hampton — tuition, room and board, books and fees — reportedly costs about $15,000. A $150,000 donation from Pastor Jamal Bryant and the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and a $100,000 from Zachary Scott, a member of HU’s Board of Trustees, has helped offset some of the costs of hosting the new students.
If you’d like to donate to this noble cause, just call Hampton’s Office of Development at 757-727-5002.