South Carolina State University has earned $30,000 in The Home Depot’s 12th annual Retool Your School competition, a social media campaign supporting historically Black colleges and universities.
“Since 2009, The Home Depot has continued to increase its investment in campus improvements for HBCUs,” The Home Depot’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Derek Bottoms said.
“We are ensuring HBCU students have an upgraded environment that enhances their educational experience as they progress on their journey to become the next generation of leaders,” he said.
S.C. State will use the money to bolster the Student Government Association’s Bulldog Express Pantry, which supplies essentials to students in need. The pantry includes food, toiletries, linen, towels, laundry detergent and other necessities for the students at S.C. State, whether they live on or off campus.
Over the years, S.C. State has earned awards from Retool Your School four times. This year’s $30,000 brings The Home Depot’s contributions to the university to a total of $115,000.
“The Home Depot’s ongoing support for historically Black colleges and universities underscores the need for students of color to have learning opportunities that propel them to success,” S.C. State President James E. Clark said. “On behalf of the S.C. State family, I thank The Home Depot for helping make higher education more accessible to students at HBCUs.