Historically black colleges work to help students amid coronavirus

In this Tuesday, May 5, 2020, photo, Morehouse College senior Lanarion "LTL" Norwood Jr., of Atlanta, works on his computer in a hotel room in Atlanta. Students were sent home from the college amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Norwood learned the campus was shutting down and he was worried about going home to finish his senior year in a neighborhood he describes as "gang-ridden, drug-ridden, all over violence-ridden." Morehouse stepped up with a plan, working to house about 20 students. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ja'nayla Johnson worked hard in high school with the dream of being the first in her family to graduate from college, but she started to doubt herself as several colleges rejected her. Then Bennett, a small historically black women's college in North Carolina, saw Johnson's potential and offered her a full scholarship.

"Bennett means everything to me," Johnson said. When the campus announced it was shutting down because of the coronavirus, "I was scared out of my mind."

The sophomore said she has suffered from depression that forced her to withdraw for a semester last year and didn't think returning home to California would be good for her mental health. She also didn't think she would be able to continue her studies back home, where she would feel obligated to care for younger siblings.