Virginia Union University to Receive $10M in Governor Northam’s Proposed Budget

December 09, 2021


Contact: Erika Roache 

Director of Public Relations 


Virginia Union University to Receive $10M in  

Governor Northam’s Proposed Budget 

[RICHMOND, VA – December 9, 2021] -- This afternoon, at Virginia Union University (VUU), Governor Ralph Northam announced that VUU would be one of two HBCUs to receive $10 million, each, in his proposed budget. The award, which includes Hampton University, would be paid out over two years.  

“This funding is important because it will help students who would not have been able to afford a higher education degree. VUU is pleased to be included in the Governor’s proposed budget,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President and CEO of VUU. “It will be a great opportunity for us to fund full scholarships (tuition, room, and board) for our 50 RVA Scholars. And it also allows us to build a stronger relationship with RPS.” 

If approved, VUU plans to use the award to aid scholarships for native Richmonders, especially students who attend Richmond Public Schools. Currently, VUU covers full tuition costs for 50 RPS students. With the award in Governor Northam’s proposed plan, VUU would include students' room and board in addition to full tuition. 


About Virginia Union University 

Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. It was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Virginia Union University offers a broad range of educational opportunities that advance liberal arts education, teaching, research, science, technology, continuing education, civic engagement, and international experiences. Visit www.vuu.edu for more information.