Four HBCUs in Mississippi were selected to receive of Home Depot’s 2019 “Retool Your School” grant.
The HBCUs – Jackson State University, Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University and Coahoma Community College – were four out of ten recipients, each of which received a $50,000, grant for campus improvement, WLBT reports.
To win the grant, supporters had to vote for their favorite HBCU on Twitter and Instagram, using a designated hashtag.
According to the report, about 87 percent of HBCUs have participated in the “Retool Your School” grant program since 2009, with some 488 grants worth $2.1 million being awarded.
This year marks the tenth year of the program, which was celebrated by offering ten schools $50,000 each, for a grand total of $500,000 in campus improvement grants.
The other HBCUs which received grants this year are Alabama A&M University, Southern University and A&M College, Fisk University, Lane College, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University.
The Home Depot “Retool Your School” program “strives to give back to our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) what they have so generously given to their communities – a strong foundation, renewed purpose, and distinctive character,” the program’s website notes.