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Natalie Coles

Wilberforce University will receive a $20,000 campus uplift thanks to the votes sent to the Home Depot Retool Your School campaign. Wilberforce came in 7th place in Cluster 3. The top ten schools in each of the 3 Clusters were awarded grant money ranging from $20, 000 to $75,000.

In an earlier interview, the company’s diversity and inclusion officer explained why Home Depot wants to have a hand in improving HBCUs.

“Since 2009, The Home Depot has continued to increase its investment in campus improvements for HBCUs,” said The Home Depot’s Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer Derek Bottoms. “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.”

Earlier this year, the Wilberforce campus community called on alumni, members of the board of directors, students, employees, and supporters, asking them to cast their votes for WU in the weeks long drive that ended March 15th.

“We are so grateful to  Home Depot for the support shown to HBCUs, specifically Wilberforce. Our campus community, board of directors, alumni, and friends rallied around this campaign which will offer campus beautification projects that directly impact our students. Our campus is excited and ever so grateful.”  – Natalie Coles, VP,  Wilberforce University Institutional Advancement

WU students will advise the administration on the campus project that will benefit from the $20,000 grant dollars.


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