Alabama State University Wins 50K in Home Depot “Retool Your School” Program
Home depot started the Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program eight years ago to help support and preserve the historic and legendary HBCU campuses and landmarks across America. This year nine grants were awarded, 3 worth $50,000 each, 3 worth $40,000 each and 3 worth $30,000. All grants were awarded based on consumer voting and project proposal scored that were determined by a panel of judges. This year 72 schools participated in the program and Home Depot donated a Grand Total of $360,000 in grants. The 2017 recipients were based in 3 categories called “clusters” based on student enrollment. Within the three clusters a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place resulting in grant amount of 50, 40, and 30 thousand consecutively.
The cluster one winners had and enrollment population of 4,000 and up which 1st place being awarded to Alabama State University, 2nd to Howard University and 3rd to Winston – Salem State University. The cluster two winners had an enrollment of 1,201 -3,999 and the 1st, 2nd, and third place winners were, Kentucky State University, Tuskegee University, and Central State University. Last, the cluster three winners had 1,200 students or less in enrollment with Wilberforce University, Talladega College, and LeMoyne – Owen College claiming 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Alabama State University the overall Cluster one big winner turns 150 years old this year on July 17th. The 172 acre Campus, sits beautifully in Montgomery Alabama, it has a $62 Million football stadium, and is the home of the historic Rosa Parks Monument that prestigiously greets you near the main Entrance of the campus to honor The Mother of the Civil Rights movement and the students who participated in the civil rights movement at Alabama State University.
Alabama State University is planning to build two new co-ed residence halls, a new baseball and softball fields and a football complex that will contain coaches’ offices, training room, weight room, and a film room. They also plan to renovate the University’s Library, Media facility, and the Levi Watkins Learning Center.
HBCUs are monumental establishments and legendary landmarks that need to be preserved and supported by Americans, and more importantly Alumni. It is the philanthropic efforts like The Home Depot Retool Your School Program and others that help us make our campuses even better than they are and shine awareness on the history and importance of HBCUs, in effect attracting more and more students who help the legacy flourish.
If you’re interested in how your school can participate visit http://retoolyourschool.com/ or watch the video below
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