There seems to be a constant barrage of information about STEM and increasing access to STEM education programs, however it often seems that these programs are targeted to more urban and suburban areas! But America's farmers and agricultural industries are taking a stance and further extending this support to the creating of STEM grants for rural schools. Learn more about this program in the excerpt below from AgDaily.
Having awarded more than $51 million to worthy organizations and causes since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs — sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer — are back for another year to strengthen farming communities across the country. Beginning January 1, farmers will once again have the chance to nominate their local public school district for the chance to receive $10,000 or $25,000 grants to enhance STEM education through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program.
In the fall, farmers can enroll in the Grow Communities program for the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization, and the Grow Ag Leaders program will begin accepting applications for $1,500 scholarships for students pursuing an education in agriculture-related fields.
Because farmers know the needs of their communities, the America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the most worthy causes. For the Grow Rural Education program specifically, farmers nominate a local public school to apply for one of the grants. Farmers can nominate their local school by visiting AmericasFarmers.com. The process takes less than five minutes and has made a lasting impact in countless classrooms.