UDC News

March 31, 2010


UDC Competes in "RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL" Program

Home Depot's Retool ProgramThe Home Depot RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Program provides schools with a chance to upgrade their campuses with support from The Home Depot. UDC responded to an invitation to all HBCU designated schools to apply for a total of eleven (11) campus improvement grants. There will be one (1) major grant and ten (10) minor grants awarded. The application with the highest score will be awarded with a $50,000 campus improvement grant; minor improvement grants will be awarded at the level of $10,000 each.

UDC Project Description

UDC’s “Major” project will be the “Greenification” of the campus plaza entrance. The project will provide a new sun shelter/awning in University colors directly below the Firebird Inn balcony; murals and new park benches (made from recycled materials); new planters and decorative light columns.

The “Minor” project will include Living Walls (modular planted panels), ceramic murals adorning alcove and columns and new park benches around existing trees.

Judging Criteria

All proposals will be judged by online consumer voting as well as a panel of advisors elected by the Sponsor, The Home Depot. The six equally weighted criteria include ONLINE VOTING. The school with the highest overall score based on online voting and the judges panel will a receive a “Major“ grant of $50,000. Ten additional schools will each receive a “Minor” grant of $10,000.


April 5 - On-line voting begins
May 3 - On-line voting ends
June 15 - Grant winners announced

How to Vote

To vote on-line for UDC go to http://ext.homedepot.com/community/retool-your-school/default.aspx. Click on the "sign up for updates" button to receive information about voting.


The University System of the District of Columbia is the only accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. Member institutions include: the University of the District of the Columbia, offering Bachelors and Masters Degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; The David A. Clarke School of Law, consistently rated one of America’s best public interest law schools; and the Community College of the District of Columbia, offering two-year Associate’s Degree and certificate programs. CCDC serves students by integrating workforce preparation, employability skill development, quality education and remediation, and continuous lifelong learning. As the only urban land-grant institution in the country, the University System supports a broad mission of education, research and community service.

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Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371