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Celebrating the 2024 Retool Your School Award Winners: 15 Years of Impact

Join us in congratulating the 2024 Retool Your School Award recipients, where historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) showcased their dedication to campus transformation and student empowerment. Now in its 15th year, this program serves as a testament to The Home Depot’s commitment to supporting HBCUs and fostering academic environments that inspire growth and innovation. 

Recognizing Excellence:

With over 70 submissions and more than 7 million votes cast, the 2024 Retool Your School Award winners have emerged as shining examples of resilience, creativity and impact. Thirty HBCUs won Campus Improvement Grants ranging between $40K to $150K. Twelve schools won Innovation Lounge Grants. Through their visionary projects and initiatives, these institutions have not only revitalized their campuses but also empowered their students to thrive in diverse learning environments.

Highlighting First Place Winning Schools:

Let’s delve into the winning schools to learn who took home first-place awards. To see the full list of the 42 winning HBCUs, visit our winners page and join us in celebrating their remarkable achievements.

Cluster 1 Winner: Albany State University – Awarded $150,000

Albany State University’s commitment to sustainability and campus beautification has earned them the title of Cluster 1 Winner. With a focus on eco-friendly practices and infrastructure enhancements, Albany State University is leading the way in creating a greener and more sustainable campus environment.

Cluster 2 Winner: South Carolina State University – Awarded $150,000

South Carolina State University’s dedication to fostering innovation and collaboration has been recognized with its win in Cluster 2. Through cutting-edge technology upgrades and collaborative learning spaces, South Carolina State University is empowering students to explore their passions and drive positive change in their communities.

Cluster 3 Winner: Paine College – Awarded $150,000

Paine College’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity and accessibility has earned them the prestigious title of Cluster 3 Winner. Through campus-wide accessibility upgrades and initiatives promoting diversity and equity, Paine College is creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.

Reflecting on Impact:

The Retool Your School program continues to serve as a catalyst for transformation, empowering HBCUs to reimagine their campuses and create spaces that inspire learning, innovation and belonging. Each winning school exemplifies the resilience and determination of the HBCU community, demonstrating the profound impact of investing in education and student success.

Looking Forward:

As we celebrate the achievements of the 2024 Retool Your School Award winners, we are reminded of the collective power we possess to shape a brighter future for HBCU students and communities. The Home Depot remains committed to supporting HBCUs and providing resources that enable students to excel academically, professionally and personally.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Retool Your School Awards, and thank you to all participating HBCUs for your dedication to excellence and innovation. Together, we will continue to build upon this legacy of progress and empowerment, creating opportunities for future generations to thrive and succeed.

Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to engage with the Retool Your School program as we embark on another year of transformation and impact.

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