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Brown Offers $1.1 Million to Help Dillard, Xavier, Tougaloo Students

Brown Offers $1.1 Million to Help Dillard, Xavier, Tougaloo Students 


      Brown University is offering $1.1 million in grants to help students resume their studies at several historically Black universities in Louisiana and Mississippi that were hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, according to the Ivy League school’s Web site.

      The grants will help pay tuition for students who remain enrolled at Dillard and Xavier universities in New Orleans and at Tougaloo College in Mississippi.

      Brown says it will provide scholarships of as much as $5,250 for the winter semester at the three schools if the students were permanent residents in the hurricane-affected areas and were enrolled at one of those colleges last fall.

      Brown, which is in Providence, R.I., intends pay for the program with a portion of a $5 million hurricane relief fund established in October by liquor importer and 1942 Brown graduate Sidney Frank.

      The grant is Brown’s second initiative to help schools affected by Katrina. In September, Brown and Princeton universities said they would help Dillard rebuild its campus.

      Brown President Ruth Simmons is a Dillard graduate.

      Dillard sustained more than $400 million in damage from Hurricane Katrina and had to cut 40 percent of its work force. Xavier, the oldest Black Catholic college in the United States, also had flood and wind damage to campus buildings and had to cut faculty jobs.

      According to Brown’s Web site, the scholarships will go to as many as 200 Dillard students, 85 Xavier students and 30 students at Tougaloo.

— Associated Press

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