Fisk University Seeking Online Votes for Grants as Part of The Home Depot’s RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL
2/20/2012 10:20:47 AM
Nashville, Tenn. – February 20, 2012 – Fisk University is seeking online votes for grants to preserve and beautify its historic campus, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of Home Depot’s third annual RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL program that awards funds to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
This year’s program includes one $50,000 Tier One Grant, eleven $10,000 Tier Two Grants and one $25,000 Campus Pride Grant for the university project proposal receiving the most online votes. Online voting is available now through April 10, 2012, at www.retoolyourschool.com and participants may vote once a day for Fisk University.
If awarded the Tier One Grant, Fisk plans to upgrade the student lounge area in Spence Hall and enhance the main entrance to campus if awarded a Tier Two Grant. Fisk also proposes to install seating and an irrigation system, as well as improve overall landscaping across campus if awarded the Campus Pride Grant.
A panel of judges will evaluate each university’s Tier One and Tier Two proposals, taking into consideration the number of online votes, the depth of each proposal and the school’s ability to execute the project within the $50,000 or $10,000 budgets, respectively.
Grant recipients will be announced on or around May 4, 2012.
In 2010, Fisk University won a $10,000 Tier II Grant, which was used to improve the landscape around Jubilee Hall and along 17th Avenue North.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Public Relations at 615-329-8767.
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About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and it currently ranks in the top 10% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation according to Washington Monthly. Fisk is one of six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) listed in Forbes magazine’s 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” listed #135 of 650 institutions, and has been ranked in The Princeton Review’s “Best 373 Colleges” publication for twenty consecutive years. CBS Money Watch ranked Fisk university professors as the 19th best of 650 colleges and universities in the nation for 2011. U.S. News and World Report ranks Fisk #144 in the elite Tier One group of 246 liberal arts institutions selected for the distinction among the 1,400 colleges and universities in the nation and Fisk is one of only three HBCUs ranked in Tier One. Fisk has earned three R & D 100 Awards for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several national laboratories and corporations. No other HBCU has earned a R & D 100 Award. According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African-Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation. For more information on Fisk University, please visit www.fisk.edu.
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