Delaware State University, the state’s only historically black institution of higher education, has been announced as a finalist in Home Depot’s Retool Your School campus improvement grant program.
Designed to reinvigorate Historically Black Colleges & Universities, finalists are competing for $225,000 in grants for on-campus improvements and are now asking their communities to help them win.
From Feb. 18 to April 15, DSU supporters can visit www.retoolyourschool.com  to vote for the University. Winning schools can receive grants from $10,000 to $50,000. Votes can be cast from an individual once a day.
Home Depot will announce the winners on May 3.
DSU President Harry L. Williams said that this is a great way for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public to demonstrate Hornet Pride in the University.
“This is a great opportunity for our community to support DSU without spending a dime through the period. Home Depot will announce the winners on May 3,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “As you take the time to go online and cast a vote in support of DSU, you will increase our chances to be awarded significant grant money to make sustainable improvements to our campus.”
Each school has identified a major and minor campus improvement project toward which it would use the grant money. DSU’s major project would involve rebuilding its outdoor student social area, including ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant pathways and grill areas. The University’s minor project would add energy-saving window film to multiple building to reduce the campus’ carbon imprint.
DSU is competing against schools from 16 states as well as the District of Columbia.