WE Won! Paine College Wins $10,000 Home Depot Beautification Award

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/27/2014 06:51 AM

Paine College is proud to be the winner of The Home Depot Retool Your School Home Improvement Grant award of $10,000. Paine competed among 58 colleges to win the national award that is designed to promote preservation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the nation. “The Retool Your School program is such an important program to The Home Depot,” said Melissa Brown, manager of Multicultural Marketing, The Home Depot. We know how valuable our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities are, and how much they have contributed to our country’s growth. Furthermore, The Home Depot is moved every year by the HBCU community’s passionate response to this program as well as by the proposals submitted by the schools. We continue to get very thoughtful and creative proposals for projects to preserve and improve some of America’s most historic campuses and landmarks.”

Geno Clark, Paine College Director of Sponsored Programs, steered the Tier II winning application. Upon submission and approval of Paine’s application, the College entered into a voting contest among pier institutions to promote school spirit. Paine College faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends were encouraged to vote daily during a 30-day period using social media. The Home Depot tracked the College’s votes and social media activity.

Paine College will utilize the monetary award to beautify and promote safe pedestrian walkways by installing lighting on new pathways.

“As part of the College’s 25-Year Campus Master Plan, pedestrian access to all parts of the campus will be enhanced,” said Dr. George Bradley. The Home Depot Retool Your School award fits with the College’s Campus Master Plan that calls for beautifying the living and learning environment. We are grateful to The Home Depot for realizing that HBCUs matter and that these historic institutions continue to play pivotal roles in providing a world-class education for thousands of underserved students who graduate and go on to become servant leaders in their communities.”

“We are also grateful to the Paine College Community for coming together to cast daily votes for the Paine College proposal during the competition,” said President Bradley.

Paine College, founded in 1882, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the country’s official list of buildings and structures worthy of preservation.

For more information about the The Home Depot award, contact Geno Clark in the Office of Sponsored Programs at 706.396.8118, Gclark@paine.edu, or Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323, Hcarter@paine.edu.