Leaders of the country’s 105 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are strongly advocating for additional federal funding for their schools during the coronavirus crisis, stressing that the costs of operating during the pandemic threaten their future survival.
The United Negro College Fund, which provides general scholarship funds for 37 private HBCUs, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents and supports public HBCUs and other predominantly Black institutions, are leading the effort to help the colleges lobby members of Congress for a one-time allocation of $1.5 billion to help out.
“HBCUs graduate an outsized proportion of African-American college graduates and an outsized proportion of low-income, first-generation college students,” Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) said in written responses to questions. “In order to ensure HBCUs continue their mission, they need assistance in emergencies such as this.”
The UNCF and TMCF, along with some of the HBCU presidents, participated this week in a conference call convened by Adams, founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus.