May 27, 2011
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Home Depot announced the top winners of its 2011 “Retool Your School” Campus Improvement Grant Program and Mississippi Valley State (MVSU) received the grant for the second consecutive year, as announced on May 16.
MVSU was among 56 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from 16 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands to compete for this year’s grant. For the second consecutive year, MVSU was the only university in the state of Mississippi to receive the award.
“We are so thankful for the leadership, hard work and commitment of Valley supporters who voted daily to help ensure we were one of the schools to receive funding,” said MVSU President Donna Oliver.
Through the Office of Sponsored Programs, the University proposed for its major grant drainage improvements with professional grading of the amenity lake field to meet EPA requirements.
The minor project focused on tree installation around the two lakes at the campus entrance to reduce carbon footprint. Only one school received a major grant of $50,000 and 10 schools received minor grants of $10,000 each.
The University relied on the votes of alumni, students, faculty, staff and supporters to vote online this past spring.
The winners were chosen by a combination of public voting and careful review by a distinguished panel of judges that included Jamie Foster Brown, Publisher, Sister 2 Sister Magazine; Lezli Baskerville, President, National Association for Equal Opportunity In Higher Education; Duer Sharp, Commissioner, Southwestern Athletic Conference; Oscar Joyner, President, Reach Media; and Monica McCluney, Director, Corporate Alliances, United Negro College Fund.
The Home Depot 'Retool Your School' grant program is designed to encourage and recognize innovative environmentally-friendly projects that contribute to the campuses of historically black colleges and universities. Please visit www.retoolyourschool.com for more information about the grant program and grant winners.