Hampton University
Hampton University Receives $2.75 Million Grant from Dominion Energy to Establish the 'Dominion Energy Scholars' Endowment Fund, Installation of Rooftop Solar Arrays and Support for the University COVID-19 Community Testing and Vaccine Program
12/09/2020 - #95

HAMPTON, Va. (December 9, 2020) – Students at Hampton University will be able to receive a new renewable scholarship thanks to a $25 million grant from Dominion Energy. Over five years, the grant provides $1.5 million to endow the Dominion Energy Scholars fund, and provides $1.25 million in support for the green energy and COVID program.

“Hampton University is so thankful for the generosity of Dominion Energy and appreciative of their support to our institution and other HBCUs during this unprecedented pandemic. It is in these times that we must remember the importance of coming together and being supportive of one another. When we work together, our combined efforts help ensure our students' future success,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

Hampton University is one of 11 historically black colleges and universities benefitting from Dominion Energy's six-year "HBCU Promise." The program will support endowments, capital projects, operating expenses and educational programs in clean energy at HBCUs in Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina.

“We know that education can serve as a springboard for social and economic mobility,” said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. “We’re honored to support HBCUs that are doing a great job developing the future workforce and leaders of our nation.”

The grant to Hampton University will help establish the “Dominion Energy Scholars” endowment that will support 15 students each year in perpetuity. Dominion Energy Scholars will be sophomores, juniors and/or seniors who will receive $2,000 annually. The scholarship is renewable and students will be required to have a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to STEM majors.

Also, the funding designated for green energy will be used to install rooftop solar arrays on two buildings: Winona Hall, a resident hall for upper class women and/or the Katharine Building, a 100-year old recreation center for students and faculty. The arrays will be installed in the next three to six months.

There will also be some grant funds to support a COVID-19 outreach and community testing and vaccine program. Funding will support salaries for a medical director, lab managers and lab technicians.

“We know that education can serve as a springboard for social and economic mobility,” said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. “We’re honored to support HBCUs that are doing a great job developing the future workforce and leaders of our nation.”

Dominion Energy has also committed $10 million in scholarships to assist African-American and other underrepresented minority students who reside in the company’s service area. Students can learn more and apply at DominionEnergy.com/EquityScholarships.


About Dominion Energy

More than 7 million customers in 16 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.

 

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