ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - SC State won $25,000 after a two-month long competition last spring in which SC State beat out 21 other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
The Home Depot Retool Your School competition provides support for campus improvement projects at HBCUs.
The university will celebrate the big win on today from 1 to 6 p.m. with a Block Party. The festivities will be held on the plaza of the K.W. Green Student Center. The line-up of entertainment includes the Marching 101 drumline, SC State cheerleaders, music provided by student DJs, a showcase of Greek sororities and fraternities and face painting.
More than 30 local businesses and organizations will join the celebration and share information about their products and services to party goers.
While the party kicks off that afternoon, the day won't just revolve around fun. Work will be done. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and Team Depot volunteers will "retool" a portion of the student center.
Home Depot will also paint and upgrade the bowling alley, which has historical significance to the SC State University community. The university opened the bowling alley on campus in the 1960s, when the owner of the local All Star Bowling Lane refused to desegregate his business. The owner's unwillingness to desegregate led to protests and would eventually end with what is known as the Orangeburg Massacre. Three students were fatally wounded and 28 other students were injured that day.
To win the Campus Pride award, a university or college had to accumulate the highest social media and online votes in its cluster. SC State's combined votes topped at 363,730. The university competed in Cluster 2, for schools with student enrollment between 3,999 and 1,201 students.