Twenty Kansas schools are in the running for grants of up to $25,000 from the Monsanto Fund as part of its America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program.
Nominated school districts from across the country submitted completed grant applications by last spring's April 30 deadline.
A panel of educators reviewed applications and sent what they believed were the strongest submissions for consideration by the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council.
The Advisory Council, comprised of farmer-leaders with a vested interest in both agriculture and education, will select the winning grant applications from this pool of finalists.
The Kansas school districts that are in the running for grants of up to $25,000 include Blue Valley, Cheney, Colby Public Schools, Ell-Saline, Fairfield, Girard USD 248, Grinnell Public Schools, Hoisington, Maize, Montezuma, North Jackson USD 335, Rawlins County, Rolla, Scott County Schools,
Smoky Valley, Southern Lyon County, St. John-Hudson, Unified School District 333, Concordia, USD 247 Cherokee, and Washington County Schools.
About the program
America's Farmers Grow Rural Education helps farmers strengthen math and science education in local rural school districts.
The program is currently in its second year of an effort that is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to support rural education and communities. America's Farmers Grow Communities, which gives winning farmers the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit organization in their county, is also part of this effort.
To date, these programs combined have contributed more than $15 million to rural communities. To learn more about either program, please visit the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education website.
The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund online to learn more about the Fund and the projects it undertakes.