In late August 2005 Hurricane Katrina landed on the gulf coast of the U.S., causing widespread destruction and devastation. It was the costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the U.S. Brown University coordinated a response to the disaster through the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort.
Tougaloo College was hit by Hurricane Katrina on the afternoon of August 29, 2005. Heavy winds and rain ravaged the campus causing a loss of all communications. More than a dozen trees were uprooted, part of the roof at Berkshire cottage was torn off and windows were blown out of the Library damaging books computers and the facility itself.
With the endorsement of Brown alumni Sidney Frank, Brown provided $200,000 to Tougaloo to assist student evacuees from Dillard and Xavier temporarily enrolled at Tougaloo, as well as to help Tougaloo begin repairs on some of its own damaged residence halls and library. Brown also provided Tougaloo with $100,000 for needs-based one-semester scholarships.
Additional gifts include:
- $50,000 from a private donor given directly to Tougaloo.
- $11,150 from two individual donors and from the sale of luminaries by Brown students designated for tuition support.