UAPB named as one of the Finalists for The Home Depot 2013 Retool Your School Grant Program for HBCUs

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Competes for up to $50,000 in Grants
and Encourages Alumni and the Community to Vote as the School Vies for Grants for Sustainable Campus Improvements

New York, NY–The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has been announced as a finalist in The Home Depot’s 2013 RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL campus improvement grant program. Designed to reinvigorate HBCUs, finalists are competing for $225,000 in grants for on-campus improvements and are now asking their communities and the public to help them win. From February 18, 2013 to April 15, 2013, supporters can visit www.retoolyourschool.com to vote for their favorite school and sustainable campus improvement project. One $50,000 Tier 1 major grant, twelve Tier 2 $10,000 minor grants and one $25,000 Campus Pride for the school receiving the most online votes and social media activity, as assessed by The Home Depot, will be awarded. The Home Depot® will announce the winners on May 3, 2013.

To apply for the Retool Your School grants, HBCUs were required to submit Letters of Intent that include brief descriptions of their potential projects via the “Retool Your School” website by February 11, 2013. 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. During the online voting period, which is currently underway, consumers are able to view descriptions of project proposals and can cast one vote per day for their favorite HBCU. Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate each school’s proposal. Tier I and Tier II projects will be judged based on the number of votes posted to the website, as well as the judges’ evaluation of the relevance to the proposal requirements as listed on the website and application.

UAPB will face stiff competition from finalist schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Therefore, Arkansas residents, UAPB alumni, friends and family should log on and vote at www.retoolyourschool.com to ensure that the Golden Lions bring home the grand prize.

The proposed improvement projects at UAPB are based on the amount of grant awarded: the first sub grant for $50,000 was written for lamp post to be installed on the campus length of L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive (from the stadium to Baptist student union or as far as $50,000 will stretch); the second tier, called Campus Pride, for $25,000 was written to have the history of the Fine Arts (Music, Theatre, and Art Departments) told utilizing the tools of technology; and the third ($10,000) for the addition of architectural and landscaping structures (flower beds, raised beds etc.) around the center of campus to beautify the campus and accent the W.E. O ‘Bryant Bell tower.

For more information and updates on The Home Depot “Retool Your School” grant program or to vote online visit www.retoolyourschool.com. Online voting began February 18, 2013, and will end on April 15, 2013, at 11:59 pm EST.About The Home Depot®

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,256 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2011, The Home Depot had sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

For more information about the Retool Your School drive at UAPB, call (870)575-7001.

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