WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, released the following statement on Capital One’s new partnership with Delaware State University in Wilmington. Capital One has donated a $4.7 million facility at the Wilmington Riverfront to the university and will create more opportunities for Delaware State students to pursue Capital One careers in fields including business analysis, tech, and product development.

“This generous donation from Capital One to Delaware State University will invest in the prosperity of students and elevate the stature of one of America’s premiere public HBCUs. Right now, I’m working hard in the Senate to pass the IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act, a landmark bipartisan bill that would repair and modernize HBCU campuses that serve as gateways to success for thousands of students. As we work to deliver this transformational support for campus infrastructure, I’m thrilled to see Capital One and Delaware State partnering to pave the way for future generations of Hornets to learn and grow along the Wilmington Riverfront.”

Both Capital One and Delaware State University are strong advocates for passage of the IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act, bipartisan legislation led by Senator Coons, making historic federal investments in HBCUs and strengthening public-private partnerships to enhance and grow these world-class institutions.