HAMPTON, Va. (December 9, 2019) – The Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act (FUTURE Act), which gives $255 million in federal funding for HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions, including Hampton University, has now passed the Senate. This Act expired on September 30, and the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the renewal of the Act that same month, but was initially blocked from going to the Senate floor for a vote.
“The passage of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act (FUTURE Act) is exciting news because it provides critical funding to Hampton University, other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) by providing mandatory federal funding. These federal funds also allow our institutions to better serve our students in the STEM fields of study while on campus. The FUTURE Act is also creating good job employment opportunities for our students once they graduate. Most importantly, STEM education is crucial to the continued growth and economic development and value-added job creation in all of our communities,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, who cosponsored to renew the expired funding, applauded the Senate passage.
“I’m thrilled the Senate was able to find a compromise and pass our bill to support HBCUs in Virginia and across the country. This funding demonstrates that we’re committed to the students who are doing fantastic work at schools like VUU, VSU, Hampton, Norfolk State, and Virginia University of Lynchburg. By keeping our promise to America’s HBCUs, we can help ensure these institutions remain strong for generations to come,” Kaine said.
Last month, Senator Kaine spoke on the Senate floor to share stories of how the lapse in funding jeopardizes educational programs for students in Virginia and called for passage of the FUTURE Act.