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Hampton University Receives Donations to Cover Airfare for Displaced Bahamian Students
09/19/2019 - #55

HAMPTON, Va. (September 19, 2019) — Donations are continuing to pour in to support Dr. William R. Harvey’s humanitarian offer to the University of the Bahamas - North campus students displaced by Hurricane Dorian to continue their academic studies for one semester here at Hampton University. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta, Ga., has committed to paying for the airfare of all University of the Bahamas – North campus students attending Hampton University. In addition to Pastor Bryant’s pledge, the list of growing monetary donations to help offset the international travel costs for these students now stands at approximately $150,000.

“The overwhelming show of support for our effort to bring these displaced students to our campus has been nothing short of remarkable. Hampton University is covering their tuition, room, board and fees. One of Hampton’s Board members, Zachary Scott has pledged $100,000 to this effort. Now with Pastor Bryant and his congregation’s offer to cover airfare, we are waiting to embrace these young people when they arrive to our ‘Home by the Sea,’” said Dr. William R. Harvey, President of Hampton University.

Hampton University has received 90 completed applications from students at the University of the Bahamas-North campus. Those students have been working with the Hampton University Office of Admissions and the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas over the last few days to obtain expedited student visas to allow them entry into the country. Students from the University of the Bahamas - North campus are expected to arrive at Hampton University September 23 and 24.

Dr. Harvey and Dr. Rodney Smith, the President of the University of the Bahamas, the former Administrative Vice President and Chief Planning Officer at Hampton University, agreed to this arrangement after Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas with high winds and rain for more than two days, causing extensive damage and several deaths.

Both university presidents have enjoyed a long and successful relationship; and, Hampton has been the educational choice for many Bahamian students.

Anyone interested in supporting these students is asked to please contact the Hampton University Office of Development at 757-727-5002.

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