05/05/14 –

Let’s be real.

HBCUs are under a microscope and have been for a while now.

The constant scrutiny and questions surrounding the relevancy of our institutions and low retention and graduation rates often overshadow the rich history and cultural achievements graduates from HBCUs have achieved.

It certainly feels good to have an international corporation like Home Depot not only support our institutions by word of mouth, but also showing an enormous amount of financial support as well.

The grant money received from the Retool Your School program will definitely aid in improving the conditions of our illustrious campuses and facilities.

The Tom Joyner Morning Show spoke to Melissa Brown, the Marketing Manager at Home Depot about the history of the contest and to announce the 2014 winners of The Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program.

“This is our fifth year and we’ve given out close to a $1,000,000. This year our total is $255,000, so good job job everyone,” Brown said.

The Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program awards money for HBCUs for campus improvements.

Grant awards for the 2014 program are:

Tier I Grant award of $50,000 (1 Winner)
Tier II Grant awards of $10,000 (13 Winners)
Campus Pride Grant awards of $25,000 (3 Winners) The Campus Pride Grant will go to the top three schools with the most votes and social media activity, as assessed by The Home Depot.

Check out the winners below:

Teir I

Knoxville College

Campus Pride

Howard University
Morris Brown College
Oakwood University

Teir II

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
Voorhees College

Click the audio above to hear the entire announcement!

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