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Congressman Thompson announces nearly $440 million in pandemic funding for HBCUs

By: Anne Summerhays - August 12, 2021

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) and other COVID-19 funding announced for HBCUs in the Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District. 

Mississippi is home to six Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, including: Alcorn State, Coahoma Community College, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College, and Tougaloo College. Congressman Bennie Thompson recently announced millions of dollars in funding to the schools.

Through the CARES Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSSA), and American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funding has been provided for HBCUs in the Mississippi. That funding was prioritized to combat challenges faced in higher education due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CARES Act contributed $82,405,951 to HBCUs, CRRSSA gave $128,308,419 and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) gave $228,914,162.

Alcorn State University $13,826,023 $19,272,624 $33,482,855
Coahoma Community College $6,896,253 $9,980,903 $19,112,009
Jackson State University $25,756,274 $34,691,880 $60,437,863
Mississippi Valley State University $7,447,701 $11,685,262 $22,861,645
Tougaloo College $3,244,023 $4,419,529 $7,924,421
Hinds Community College – Utica Campus $25,235,677 $48,258,221 $85,095,369
Total $82,405,951 $128,308,419 $228,914,162


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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: