America’s Farmers Want To Get Rural Students Excited About STEM
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are driving the careers of the future. Students in today’s K-12 schools are preparing for STEM careers across the country. The same goes for students who attend schools in Rural America which don’t have the same access to STEM career training and education as students in suburban and urban communities.
America’s Farmers is trying to level the playing field by offering grants between $10,000-$25,000 to drive STEM education in rural communities.
While many rural students will go to college and may end up in larger cities and metropolitan areas, STEM is also driving careers in farming, agriculture and energy right in their backyards. America’s Farmers believe that getting students excited about STEM, can lead to successful careers.
Farmer’s are invited to nominate school district’s in their communities for The Grow Rural Education program. Once nominated school districts will then apply to compete for the grants provided by the Monsanto Fund. The fund awards schools approximately $2.3 million dollars annually. Last year America’s Farmers awarded 138 $10,000 grants and 37 $25,000 grants. Since 2011, more than $11 million dollars has been granted to over 700 rural school districts, to enhance math and science education.
This particular program is only open to public school districts. Charter school districts, if they meet the criteria as a public school district as defined by the NCES can also be nominated. In order to participate, districts must be nominated.
The grants are project based. For instance, a school district awarded a $10,000 grant may decide to hold a science fair or STEM robotics training as their project. Funds can be used for everything from green houses and outdoor learning environments to scientific laboratory enhancements.
Once all of the nominated districts have submitted their applications the Farmer Advisory Council composed of farmers from across the U.S., reviews and selects the winning grant applications from a pool of finalists. Grant applications will be judged based on the merit of the application, need and community support.
Nominations are due by April 2, 2018 and applications need to be submitted by April 15, 2018. For more information, or if you’re a farmer looking to nominate your local school district, head here to americasfarmers.com