Atlanta, GA – May 5, 2014 — Today, 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 (HBCUs). A total of 58 HBCUs competed for grants totaling $255,000. The grants will be awarded to 17 HBCUs — one $50,000 Tier 1 Grant, three $25,000 Campus Pride Grants for the schools receiving the most votes and social media activity, and thirteen $10,000 Tier II Grants. 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, and thirteen schools will be awarded $10,000 — much-needed funds 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 Technical 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, which allows for thirteen winners this year versus twelve last year — increasing the total amount of funds to be awarded this year to $255,000.
This is the fifth straight year that RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL’s participating institutions rallied the HBCU community through e-blasts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, school websites, campus newspapers and radio. Online voting took place from February 17 to April 14, 2014. Since the program’s inception, nearly seven million votes have been cast.
The RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL winners were chosen by a combination of online voting, social media activity and proposal reviews by a distinguished panel of judges. This year, they were Laz Alonso, Howard University alumnus, and film and television star; Angela Burt Murray, Hampton University alumna and editorial director and CEO, Cocoafab, a fast-paced celebrity news and style site covering urban pop culture; Gregory Moore, Esq., commissioner, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC); and Munson Steed, Morehouse College alumnus, publisher of Rolling Out and CEO of Steed Media Group, the popular site covering black celebrity news, entertainment, business and politics. “This is my third straight year as a judge and it is my honor to be part of RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL,” says Alonso. “I am a proud HBCU alumnus and it is moving to see the HBCUs mobilize to support this program. While voting is a simple task, the tens of thousands of dollars go a long way to preserve and improve our HBCUs.” He added, “I want to personally congratulate all of this year’s winners.” Nationally syndicated radio personalities, including Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner, helped to spread the word, further showing their support for The Home Depot and the HBCU community by utilizing their airwaves to help make the public aware of this initiative. In addition, Brown appeared on various radio stations around the country to encourage online voting by students, alumni, family, friends and supporters of HBCUs during the program.
The RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Campus Improvement Grant Program supports the growing sustainability movement by providing special consideration to eco-friendly project proposals. With the goal of issuing grants for projects that have a lasting impact, winning RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL projects will begin in the fall of 2014. For more information on the RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL program, visit www.RetoolYourSchool.com
About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,263 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2013, The Home Depot had sales of $78.8 billion and earnings of $5.4 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.
The 2014 Home Depot RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Winners
Morris Brown College
Jarvis Christian College
JF Drake State Community and
Lincoln University of Missouri
North Carolina Central University
Prairie View A&M University