Scott, Tuberville Lead Effort to Formally Designate ‘HBCU Week’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) recently introduced a resolution to designate the week of September 6, 2021 as “National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week.” The resolution would honor and recognize the contributions of HBCUs across the nation, including the eight HBCUs across South Carolina.

“America’s HBCUs are an integral part of our nation’s higher education system and provide pipelines to opportunity for millions of students, many of whom come from underserved communities,” said Senator Scott. “HBCUs have been engines of innovation in states like South Carolina, and their impact is felt across the nation. I am proud to recognize their importance and will continue to build on the good work we’ve done on Capitol Hill to support the HBCU community.”

“There are over 100 HBCUs across the nation, but no state is home to more than the great state of Alabama,” said Senator Tuberville. “Each one of the 13 HBCUs in Alabama plays a key role in providing a high-quality education and empowering young men and women with the resources for success. Whether it be a two-year college or four-year university, the important contributions of HBCUs are engrained in our great state, and I am proud to honor the work they do and values they instill.”

For years, Senator Scott has championed legislation to support and improve our nation’s HBCUs.

  • In 2019, his FUTURE Act was signed into law, permanently reauthorizing HBCU funding.
  • In 2020, his HBCU Partners Act was signed into law, strengthening the relationship between HBCUs and federal agencies.
  • In May of 2021, he introduced the IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act to invest in infrastructure at HBCUs, enabling them to expand their transformational work.