The HBCU landscape is in an interesting position. After a period of financial insecurity and athletic inequality which plagued many schools, the climate appears to be less cloudy due to recent events and a strong alumni base that refuses to let their school and alma mater continue to suffer. With the recent success of Hampton University men's basketball, Langston University women's basketball and the announcement of the Celebration Bowl, the sports programs have used their on the court/field success to contribute to the development and growth of these universities.

The Home Depot has recognized this and has brought back their successful "Retool Your School" program to help in the continued improvement efforts on these campuses.

Over the past five years, The Home Depot has awarded approximately $1 million in grant money to HBCUs, and now friends, family, alumni and students can participate in this program to help their school win a share of the $255,000 in grants being awarded this year. Three schools will be awarded $50,000 each, three will be awarded 25,000 each and three will be awarded $10,000 each.

For more information on how you can participate, log on to www.retoolyourschool.com.