Paul Quinn College has been announced as a finalist in The Home Depot’s 2013 Retool Your School campus improvement grant program. Designed to reinvigorate Historically Black Colleges and Universities (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 Feb. 18 to April 15, supporters can visit www.retoolyourschool.com to vote for Paul Quinn’s 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. The campus improvement projects for which Paul Quinn has applied include student housing renovations, energy-efficient water fountains, and eco-friendly restroom renovations. 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. Entrants must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on their campus. Special attention will be given to schools that pitch eco-friendly plans.
The winning schools will be determined based on a combination of online votes and the judges’ evaluations. The awarding of the Campus Pride grant will be based on the number of votes and social media activity the winning school receives.
Paul Quinn faces 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. Texas residents, Paul Quinn alumni, friends and family should visit www.retoolyourschool.com to vote and are also encouraged to spread the word through social media using the hashtag #PaulQuinnRYS2013 on Twitter and Instagram.