Dominion Energy's HBCU Promise℠

Our $25 million commitment to be shared by 11 HBCUs in 4 states

In 2020, Dominion Energy committed $25 million to be shared by 11 historically black colleges and universities in Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. The six-year "HBCU PromiseSM" program will support endowments, capital projects, operating expenses and educational programs in clean energy.

As part of our promise, we have created an additional $10 million scholarship fund for African American and underrepresented minority students across our service area. See how to apply.

Presidents' Forum

As a part of the initiative, listen to the inaugural episode of the Presidents’ Forum, a three-part series of conversations with HBCU leaders about equity.

Hear from Dr. Jack Thomas, President of Central State University, Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President & CEO of Virginia Union University, and Mr. James E. Clark, President of South Carolina State University, as they discuss wealth and economic inequity. Allison Seymour, host of Wake-Up DC, will serve as the moderator.

Watch the Broadcast Here
live on YouTube
16 February, 2021, 1:00pm EST

About the Promise

We have partnered with HBCUs for nearly 40 years, offering volunteer and financial support. As we witness our country's evolving conversation on race and social justice, we have been looking for ways that we can make a difference. We know that education, especially at our HBCUs, can serve as a springboard for social and economic mobility for many.

When selecting the institutions to receive funding as part of our HBCU PromiseSM, we looked at a range of factors, including locations where we have a lot of customers, past partnerships and opportunities to make an immediate impact. The recipients are:


Hampton University, Hampton
Norfolk State University, Norfolk
Virginia Union University, Richmond
Virginia State University, Petersburg

South Carolina

Allen University, Columbia
Benedict College, Columbia
Claflin University, Orangeburg
South Carolina State University, Orangeburg


Central State University, Wilberforce
Wilberforce University, Wilberforce

North Carolina

North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro

We look forward to sharing information in the coming months and years, as our partner HBCUs implement programs, provide scholarships and make capital improvements.