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Bethune-Cookman University Kicks off Its 2017 Home Depot Retool Your School Campaign


Daytona Beach, FL.- Bethune-Cookman University is nominated to win up to $50,000 in grant funds from the Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program. For eight consecutive years, Home Depot has awarded HBCU’s over $1.5 million in grant funding to earning HBCU’s. Voting for the competition begins Friday, February 24th and ends April 16, 2017. B-CU Supporters can vote two ways: 1) Online, once a day at or 2) using B-CU’s hashtag, #BETHUNE_RYS17 to cast an unlimited amount of social media votes across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

The Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program offers historically Black colleges and universities an opportunity to apply for grants to use toward creating environmental renovations and substantial upgrades to their campuses. Additionally, schools are categorized in one of three clusters based on their school’s enrollment population. Each cluster will have three winners competing for one $50,000, one $40,000 and one $30,000 grant prize. The highest three schools in each category to receive the largest number of votes will move to the next round of submitting a proposal for review by a panel of advisors. Selection criteria is based on: completeness of the proposal; ability to execute the project within the budget of $50,000, $40,000 or $30,000 as applicable; ability of the project to make lasting, positive transformations on the campus that are noticeable; use of sustainable, eco-friendly and/or energy-saving materials, such as, but not limited to, energy-efficient lighting and windows, and water-saving faucets and toilets; and a cumulative voting score. 

The winners will be announced May 11, 2017, at The Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Follow B-CU on Twitter and Instagram @BethuneCookman and use the hashtag #Bethune_RYS17 in your posts for unlimited voting and/or log on to and vote daily to help preserve the legacy and campus of Dr. Bethune.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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