SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Salisbury's Livingstone College, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), has been announced as a finalist in The Home Depot's 2015 RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Campus Improvement Grant Program, according to a press release provided to WBTV.
Designed to reinvigorate HBCUs, finalists are competing for $255,000 in grants for on-campus improvements and are now asking their communities and the public to help them win.
The voting campaign launched February 27, 2015, and ends April 20, 2015. During this period, supporters can visit www.retoolyourschool.com to vote. Supporters can also capture votes for their school by using #Livingstone_RYS15on their social media channels.
Each use of a school's Retool Your School designated hashtag counts as one social media vote. This year, the Retool Your School Grant Program will use a new grant structure which will award a total of $255,000 in grants to nine accredited HBCUs in $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 grant denominations. Based on student enrollment, schools will be categorized into one of three clusters — schools with 4,000 students or more, schools with between 3,999 and 1,201 students, or schools with less than 1,200 students.
Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate each school's project proposals within the qualifying clusters. Judges will consider the depth of each proposal and the school's ability to execute the project within the respective budgets of $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000, as applicable.
Proposals for all three grants must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on the HBCU campus. The Home Depot will announce the grant recipients on or around May 12, 2015.
"The Home Depot Retool Your School contest is a great way to show school pride and school spirit while doing something that could help bring some much-needed improvements to our campus," said Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. "And given how easy it is to vote, there's absolutely no reason why every Livingstone College student, professor, staff member, alumni and anyone else who wants to support the college can't vote once a day for the next 40 days and help Livingstone win."
To apply for the Retool Your School grants, HBCUs were required to submit an application via the "Retool Your School" website by February 10, 2015. Applicants that provided their Phase 1 proposals by the deadline were able to continue and submit full proposals for Tier I, Tier II and Campus Pride campus improvement grants. Livingstone College will face stiff competition from finalist schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, US Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. Therefore, North Carolina residents, Livingstone College alumni, friends and family should log on and vote at www.retoolyourschool.com to ensure that the Blue Bears bring home the grand prize. Please remember every 'Tweet, Instagram and Facebook post received featuring #Livingstone_RYS15 will act as social media activity. This activity counts toward Livingstone College social media activity for final judging.