Displaced Bahamian students who are continuing their education at Hampton University after Hurricane Dorian recently received some exciting news — they’re being admitted to the private university for another semester free of charge.
William R. Harvey, president of the university, made the announcement Oct. 31 for students “who are in good standing, academically and socially,” to have free room, board, and tuition through the upcoming spring semester.
“Thankfulness is a virtue and every single one of you who I’ve talked with appears to be so thankful for what we have done,” Harvey said in a news release.
The humanitarian initiative was extended to 46 students from the University of the Bahamas-North campus after Hurricane Dorian left a path of destruction in the Grand Bahama and Abaco islands and 500 students, faculty, and staff were displaced last September, according to the university’s news release.
In the months since their arrival, the students have adjusted well to life in Hampton with the help of “several offices on campus, such as the International Office, Health Center and Student Counseling Center which provided resources to help the students transition from their hometowns,” officials said in the release.
Monetary donations continue to come in to offset the students’ international travel costs and since Nov. 1, Hampton U’s Education Department has been coordinating a winter clothing drive for tropical-climate natives.
“Thank you Dr. Harvey, the University and everyone else who has helped to make this a reality, not only for next semester but for as far as we are now,” said Kristoff Strachan, Bahamian student. “On behalf of all the students, our parents, families, thank you.”
For more information on how to donate winter clothing, money, or other items, contact the Hampton University Office of Development at 757-727-5002 or email Martha Jallim-Hall —Martha.Jallim-Hall@hamptonu.edu.