Trump Signs Executive Order to Support HBCUs

Orangeburg, SC (WOLO)- President Trump’s latest executive order addresses Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The President says the “schools will be an absolute priority for the White House.”

The executive order aimed to support the mission of Historic Black College’s and Universities, was signed Tuesday.

Claflin University President, Dr. Henry Tisdale was at the meeting in Washington and tells ABC Columbia News that he is happy this meeting happened in a timely manner.

“This is the first time that we would have 90 Presidents and Chancellors represented in a conversation,” Tisdale said. “The conversation is timely in terms of this being a new administration and also in terms of early enough in the process to impact the budget.”

Tisdale says additional funding would help provide a better education and opportunity for students.

“This act was intended to be an equalizing source of federal funding to offset the years of neglect for our institutions,” Tisdale said.

That neglect is the Title three Funding.

“What has happened was the federal government has authorized to support undergraduate programs at a level of $375 million for the HBCU Undergraduate programs, but they only funded at a level of $245 million,” Tisdale said. “We’re saying fully fund the programs.”

Since meeting with President Trump students and faculty are hopeful.

“There would be a strong commitment to goals that HBCU’s would receive a certain percentage, we said 5% of federal grants, internships, Crop agreements and 10% of federal contracts awarded to all colleges and universities,” Tisdale said.

“I’m excited that they got to go to the White House and talk to President Trump, but what’s troubling to me is to see that their is an initiative, but I also want to see the change,” SGA Chief of Staff, Briana Williams said.

Tisdale says he would also like to receive year round Pell grants for students.

“It would help take away some of the burden that students and parents have to finance not only a fall and spring semester but also a summer semester,” Tisdale said.