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Six Mississippi HCBUs recipients of Retool Your School grants

Photo courtesy of The Home Depot's Retool Your School/Facebook.

Votes for The Home Depot’s Retool Your School program are in, with six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Mississippi announced as grant winners.

The HBCUs that will receive the grants — which vary from $20,000 to $75,000 — are Jackson State University, Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Tougaloo College, Rust College, and Coahoma Community College.

This year, the Retool Your School program will distribute approximately $1 million of funds in three clusters to 30 HBCUs, continuing the 13-year goal to grant money for the improvement of campuses across the nation.

“Since its launch in 2009, The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program has provided support to almost 70 percent of the nation’s HBCUs through more than 180 grants,” Derek Bottoms, chief diversity officer for The Home Depot, said. “Grants from The Home Depot have helped HBCUs make more than $5 million worth of improvements, including the creation of outdoor eco-classrooms, renovation of health facilities, revamping of residence halls, and more.”

The total list of the winning HBCUs is included below.

Cluster 1:

  1. Alabama A&M University
  2. Alabama State University
  3. Jackson State University
  4. Southern University and A&M College
  5. Albany State University
  6. Grambling State University
  7. Winston-Salem State University
  8. Fayetteville State University
  9. Prairie View A&M University
  10. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Cluster 2:

  1. Coahoma Community College
  2. Alcorn State University
  3. Tuskegee University
  4. Benedict College
  5. South Carolina State University
  6. Mississippi Valley State University
  7. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  8. Elizabeth City State University
  9. West Virginia State University
  10. Hampton University

Cluster 3:

  1. Tougaloo College
  2. Texas College
  3. Fisk University
  4. Johnson C. Smith University
  5. Lane College
  6. Southwestern Christian College
  7. Wilberforce University
  8. Saint Augustine University
  9. Edward Waters University
  10. Rust College

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