Winners of $10,000, $25,000 in grants to be announced in August
Chase County Schools has been announced a finalist in this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
CCS is among the top high schools in Nebraska in the running for grants of $10,000 and $25,000.
Earlier this year, farmers nominated their local public school districts for the grants. Once nominated, school districts were eligible to complete applications requesting funding for a specific math or science project that will enhance curriculum in their district.
According to Michelle Insco, a Monsanto Fund program officer, this year’s applications were again very competitive. A panel of math and science educators evaluated all of the applications and selected the strongest submissions as finalists.
“Making it to this stage of the process is a great accomplishment that requires a lot of time and effort,” Insco said.
“There is still more to do before we announce our winning school districts, but this year’s finalists submitted impressive applications,” she added.
Finalist applications are now being reviewed by the Grow Rural Education Farmer Advisory Council. The Advisory Council, made up of farmers from across the U.S., will select this year’s winners, who will be announced in early August.
Last year, Grow Rural Education awarded over $170,000 in public school districts across Nebraska to improve math and science curriculums.
Since 2012, Nebraska school districts have received $420,000 through the program.
Projects funded over the last four years have helped school districts across the U.S. upgrade technology and scientific lab equipment, build greenhouses and outdoor classroom learning environments, update teacher and curriculum development and other math and science related initiatives.