From now until April 6, Stanislaus County farmers can nominate local public schools to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000 from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
With the nationwide Common Core implementation, hands-on learning opportunities in math and science curriculums are becoming more readily available. These new opportunities are designed to provide real world experiences that help grow the next generation by preparing them for success in college and in their careers.
After a farmer nominates a school, school administrators can then submit grant applications for either amount through April 21 to enhance their math and/or science programs.
“We believe that growing the next generation begins with a strong foundation in math and science,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer. “This opportunity for success begins in the classroom.”
Monsanto Fund grants will be judged based on merit, need and community support. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 30 farmer leaders from across the country, will select the winning grant applications. Advisory Council members were selected based on their passion for agriculture and education, as well as experience in rural school districts.
In 2013, more than 73,000 farmers demonstrated their support for education by nominating 3,851 school districts, resulting in $2.3 million in grants to 181 recipients. This year, the number of eligible counties has expanded from 1,271 to 1,289.
For more information or to nominate a school, visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.