The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced the 2014 winners of RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Campus Improvement Grant Program, which awards tens of thousands of dollars to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A total of 58 HBCUs competed for grants totaling $255,000. This year’s top winning school, Knoxville College, will be awarded the $50,000 Tier 1 Grant. The three Campus Pride Grants of $25,000 each will be awarded to Howard University, Morris Brown College and Oakwood University. Thirteen schools will be awarded $10,000 to make enduring improvements to their campuses.
“The RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL program is such an important program to The Home Depot,” says Melissa Brown, manager, Multicultural Marketing, The Home Depot. “We know how valuable our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities are and how much they have contributed to our country’s growth. Furthermore, The Home Depot is moved every year by the HBCU community’s passionate response to this program as well as by the proposals submitted the schools. We continue to get very thoughtful and creative proposals for projects to preserve and improve some of America’s most historic campuses and landmarks. We at The Home Depot congratulate the Tier I Grant winner, Knoxville College, Campus Pride Grant winners Howard University, Morris Brown College and Oakwood University, and all of our Tier II winners.”
The Tier II grant winners are Claflin University, Huston-Tillotson University, Jarvis Christian College, JF Drake State Community and Technological College, Lane College, Lincoln University of Missouri, North Carolina Central University, Paine College, Prairie View A&M University, Shaw University, Spelman College, Stillman College and Voorhees College.
Top winner Knoxville College will use its $50,000 grant to remodel the lower atrium of the Alumni Library by updating the floors, restrooms, doors and landscaping in front of the building. This year, The Home Depot added an additional $60,000 in grant money and added two more schools to the Campus Pride Grant Award category. It also added $10,000 in grant money to the Tier II category