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A bill to be introduced by U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan would create a new competitive grant program aimed at strengthening historically black colleges and universities around the country.

Hagan announced her bill while chairing a Senate Education Committee hearing about institutions that serve minority populations. The bill would establish an HBCU Innovation Fund to distribute grants funding the development of initiatives to address needs of students being served at historically black schools.

There are 10 HBCUs in North Carolina, including N.C. A&T State University and Bennett College in Greensboro, and Winston-Salem State University. Hagan said such schools deserve support.

“My bill will allow them to further enhance their students’ learning experience and better prepare them for future success in the work force,” she said.

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