Oakwood University Comes Out on Top In Home Depot’s Retool Your School Competition

Home DepotOakwood University bested 66 other historically Black colleges and universities to win the top prize in the 2013 Retool Your School competition sponsored by Home Depot. The university in Huntsville, Alabama, took away the top prize of $50,000 which will be used to construct a new pavilion and improve landscaping on campus.

The Retool Your School competition involves using social media and the Internet to cast votes for your favorite HBCU. Oakwood, with only 1,939 students was able to beat its rivals, many of which have far larger student bodies, by calling on students, staff, and faculty at its partner institutions in the Seventh-day Adventist network around the world to cast votes to benefit Oakwood.

A second place prize of $25,000 went to Knoxville College in Tennessee. Twelve other semifinalists earned grants of $10,000 each.

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