Coahoma Captures $50k “Retool Your School” Grant Award

For the first time in The Home Depot’s 10-year Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program, Coahoma Community College (CCC) has beaten out 60 other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to win a competitive $50,000 grant.

Coahoma Captures $50k “Retool Your School” Grant Award

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Mon Apr 22, 2019

For the first time in The Home Depot’s 10-year Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program, Coahoma Community College (CCC) has beaten out 60 other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to win a competitive $50,000 grant.

The aim of the program is for The Home Depot to give back to the nation’s HBCUs what they have so generously given to their respective communities.

According to the company’s website, the Retool Your School Program has provided more than 2.1 million dollars in campus improvement grants to allow HBCUs to make sustainable improvements to their campuses since 2009.

Popular voting through social media posts containing the “Coahoma_RYS19” hashtag and online votes cast on Coahoma’s behalf from late February through mid-April narrowed down finalists in Cluster Two of the grant program to Coahoma Community College, Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University. In an interesting twist, Jackson State University also received a grant award in Cluster One, which means a total of four Mississippi HBCUs have been awarded grants. CCC received well over 215,000 votes during the competition, securing the win.

Dr. Valmadge T. Towner, president of Coahoma Community College, is elated about the recent victory and appreciates the support that made this initiative a success for the institution.

“We are appreciative to our supporters for taking advantage of this funding opportunity,” said Towner. “With support from our friends, we are positioned to provide additional support for our students, faculty and staff.”

Each of the finalists were invited to submit campus improvement proposals for consideration by a panel of judges. In celebration of the Retool Your School Program’s 10-year anniversary, Home Depot increased its support of the program and HBCUs by offering ten campus improvement grants each amounting in $50,000. For the 2018-2019 Program, nine grants were awarded based on consumer voting. The tenth grant, the "Campaign of the Year Award," was awarded to an HBCU with the campaign that proved to be most original, innovative and particularly effective.

Marriel Hardy, chief communications officer, is proud of the success of the initiative and credits a responsive “Tiger Nation” for keeping Coahoma in the fight until the very end.

“This was a goal the college was adamant about accomplishing this year,” said Hardy. “Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends rose to the occasion, staying engaged and aware of our position in the competition every step of the way. It is a true testament to the love and admiration that exists for Coahoma Community College.”

The college has developed plans to refresh a campus courtyard located between the Zee A. Barron Student Union/cafeteria and McKinley Martin Hall, renovating it into a multi-function space. The hope will be to create an area conducive to student leisure, as well as a congregation hub for meetings and events. The space will feature a poured concrete patio, two adjacent pergolas, sound and lighting equipment, and new landscaping.

Construction is expected to begin this summer under the leadership of the college’s Facilities and Maintenance department with the support of the campus community and beyond.

To make a charitable donation that will immediately benefit the construction of the Retool Your School grant project, as well as the renovation and upkeep of Coahoma’s other campus facilities, visit www.coahomacc.edu/giving.