Sens. Coons, Scott introduce bill to strengthen partnerships between HBCUs and federal agencies
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Lawmakers in Washington D.C. are taking important steps to make sure Historically Black Colleges across the country, and right here on the eastern shore, continue to get the funding they need. On Tuesday, Delaware Senator Chris Coons along with other senators introduced the HBCU PARTNERS Act. A bill that would require federal agencies to work more closely with historically black colleges on opportunities for federal grants and contracts.
School officials at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore say this piece of legislation is critical to continue to make sure HBCU’s have the necessary resources they need to provide students with the best education possible.
“A piece of legislation like the one that senator coons is introduced if it reinforces or strengthens that ongoing relationship then it will benefit not only the institution but the students who come here,” said UMES public relations director Bill Robinson.
Delaware Senator Chris Coons who’s worked closely on this piece of legislation said,”HBCU’s today continue their tradition of opening higher education to new generations of students.” And that he’s proud to make sure that federal agencies actively work to support them.