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FRANKFORT — Kentucky State University (KSU) came in first place Wednesday afternoon to win $50,000 in the Home Depot Retool Your School contest. The University plans to add more outdoor seating and improve the look of campus with the grant from Home Depot. KSU Interim President Dr. Aaron Thompson attended the event in Atlanta, Georgia, to accept the winning check.

The home improvement retailer developed the contest to benefit historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) across the nation to compete in the social media-driven competition. A total of nine grants will be awarded this year: three $50,000 grants, three $40,000 grants and three $30,000 grants. The Frankfort community, KSU alumni, staff, faculty and students came together to help KSU become a finalist in the contest by tweeting the Home Depot-assigned hashtag #KyState_RYS17.

The contest was held from February 24 to April 16. KSU became a finalist in their category with Tuskegee University and Central State University.


Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students.