FAMU is purchasing an additional 500 laptops for students in need. The purchase is made possible through community and alumni donations to the FAMU Cares relief fund.
Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud, the Vice President of University Advancement, says when the coronavirus forced the university to transition to remote learning, students no longer had access to on-campus computer labs.
"There's some things that we kind of just took for granted, one with students not having access to on-campus computer labs, it exposed that," Friday-Stroud said. "But these funds and these donations are truly helping us to bridge that gap."
The university says this is an on-going effort to make laptops available to more students, including incoming freshmen. FAMU will continue to apply for grants, as well as seek donations through the FAMU Cares relief fund.
Donations for that fund can be made online.