Bill providing scholarships, economic development programs at five public colleges, universities in Virginia heads to Gov. Northam’s desk

Education

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — A bill heading to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk would require five public colleges and universities to provide scholarships and economic development programs for descendants of enslaved people who worked at the schools.

Those schools could include:

  • Longwood University in Farmville
  • University of Virginia in Charlottesville
  • Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond
  • Virginia Military Institute in Lexington
  • College of William and Mary in Williamsburg

Under the bill’s provisions, each of the schools would be required to participate in the program for a period equal to the time in which the school used enslaved people to support the institution or until scholarships have been awarded to a number of recipients equal to the population of enslaved people identified by the school.

If the bill is passed, it would be implemented at the start of the 2022 school year.

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