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Southern University wins Home Depot $50,000 campus improvement grant

Southern University has been awarded a $50,000 campus improvement grant through The Home Depot: Retool Your School Grant Program. This program awards historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) grants to make sustainable improvements to their campuses. At the end of the competition, the top three schools with the most votes are considered for a grant. With the outpour of support from the community and our student and alumni groups, the university was fortunate to win a grant for a second year.


This year's grant will be used in the beautification of the iconic, popular part of the Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The project will include new seating, lighting, and more. The Bluff is a great asset for the campus community and also frequent visitors to campus due to being a part of a number of regional and national historic trails and districts.


Last year, the university won a $40,000 grant through the program, which was used to remodel and update the John B. Cade Library. Because of flood damage during the 2018 Christmas holiday break, the grant was used to purchase new furniture and restore study areas.