North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has been selected as a top winner in The Home Depot 2015 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program, receiving a $50,000 award.
NCCU’s improvement project is designed to enhance the approach to Eagleson Residence Hall (image attached), creating a formal entryway and landscaped green space for a more functional and aesthetically appealing addition to this section of campus.
The grant program, established in 2010, provides support for campus improvement projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country and has awarded $1.2 million dollars in grant money to date. NCCU won a $10,000 grant in the 2014 contest that was used for improvements to the A.E. Student Union. The Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program promotes sustainability by providing special consideration to eco-friendly project proposals. Winning Retool Your School projects will break ground in the summer of 2015.
“North Carolina Central University is excited about winning the $50,000 Retool Your School grant, which will allow us to create an additional green space for students, faculty and alumni to enjoy on our campus,” said NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White. “We are grateful to The Home Depot for offering NCCU and other HBCUs the opportunity to improve and highlight the beauty of our institutions.”
This year, The Home Depot awarded a total of $255,000 to nine accredited HBCUs in $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 grant denominations. 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 has been one of the most exciting years for The Home Depot’s Retool Your School program thus far,” says Melissa Brown, senior manager-marketing for The Home Depot. “The HBCU community and beyond showed their unrelenting support for our HBCU’s and this program. We began with 55 HBCU’s submitting their proposals and now we have determined the winners. The Home Depot proudly congratulates all of the 2015 grant recipients.”
About North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Flagship programs include science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, nursing, education, law, business and the arts. Founded in 1910 as a liberal arts college for African-Americans, NCCU remains committed to diversity in higher education. Our alumni are among the nation’s most successful scientists, researchers, educators, attorneys, artists and entrepreneurs. Visit www.nccu.edu.