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The Home Depot Reveals FAMU as Finalist for 2014 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Competition

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been announced as a finalist in The Home Depot’s 2014 RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Campus Improvement Grant Program. The grant program is designed to reinvigorate historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Finalists are competing for a total of $250,000 in grants for on-campus improvements and are asking their communities and the public to help them win.

From now through April 14, FAMU supporters can visit www.retoolyourschool.com to vote for FAMU and its proposed sustainable campus improvement projects. With the help of supporters, FAMU could win a $50,000 Tier I major grant or be one of 13 schools to win a $10,000 Tier II grant and one of three schools to win a $25,000 Campus Pride grant.

Grants will be awarded to the school with the most online votes and social media activity, as assessed by The Home Depot®. Winners will be announced on or around May 2.

FAMU’s proposed improvement projects are focused on enhancing the Student Health Services building, which is housed in the former site of the historic FAMU Hospital. The FAMU Hospital served the North Florida community for more than 20 years as the only facility to serve blacks within a 150-mile radius and ushered in FAMU’s distinguished nursing and pharmacy programs. The former FAMU Hospital site was recently celebrated with the installation of a historical marker presented by the Florida Department of State.

FAMU’s proposed eco-friendly improvements to the Student Health Services building include: building an emergency vehicle and patient drop-off access point with sustainable materials, beautifying the interior of the building with environmentally-friendly enhancements and retrofitting the entire building’s lighting system to reduce energy costs and the university's carbon foot print. These proposed improvement projects will enhance campus life for current students and generations to come.

FAMU is competing against finalist schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. FAMU employees, students, alumni and supporters are urged to vote every day to ensure that the Rattlers bring home the grand prize.

For more information or to vote online, visit: www.retoolyourschool.com.

About FAMU
Founded on October 3, 1887, Florida A&M University is part of the State University System of Florida and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For more than 126 years, FAMU has served the citizens of the State of Florida, the nation and the world through its preeminent educational programs. FAMU, “Florida's Opportunity University,” is committed to meeting the challenges and needs of future generations, which includes its mission of becoming an eco-conscious campus.

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,256 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal year 2011, The Home Depot had sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.

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