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America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program accepting applications

POSTED January 28, 2014 2:26 p.m.

The Monsanto Fund is aiming to strengthen farming communities by offering math and science education grants for schools.

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, allows farmers to nominate local school districts to compete for grants of $10,000 and $25,000. Between now and April 6, farmers across the country can nominate school districts in rural communities to receive funds to invest in the district’s math and science education. Hilmar Unified School District was awarded $10,000 for the 2012-2013 school year, which was put towards staff development of their 6-12 grade teachers in the fields of math and science. Monsanto Fund grants are judged based on merit, need and community support.

“We’ve been very fortunate to be so supported in the Hilmar area, close to 40 teachers advocated their support,” said Cecilia Areas of HUSD special services.

 Winners of the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants are selected from an advisory council composed of 30 farmer leaders from across the country. In 2013, more than 73,000 farmers showed support for education by nominating 3,851 school districts which resulted in a total of 181 recipients of $2.3 million in grants. The number of eligible counties is higher than ever before at 1,289. 

“We believe that growing the next generation begins with a strong foundation in math and science. This opportunity for success begins in the classroom,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer.

For more information about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program visit www.growruraleducation.com.

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