(Area) The Monsanto Company is encouraging farmers to nominate a school for a science and/or math grant. Monsanto is awarding a total of 199 grants given across 39 states, totaling about $2.3 million dollars. Iowa has nine crop reporting districts and rural schools within each district will be competing for either a $10,000 or $20,000 grant to support the school’s science and or math programs.
“Monsanto really wanted to support rural education and so the project is targeted at rural public schools, but the grants are targeted towards science and math,” stated Linda Arnold, Monsanto Advocacy Lead. “In the U.S. we are way behind in science and math compared to the rest of the world. So we are really trying to enhance science and math curriculums out there in rural America.”
Arnold says if you look at the top thirty countries in the world, the U.S. is ranked 24th and 21st in Science and Math.
“We believe science and math is core to just about anything a student wants to go into after graduation.”
Arnold says farmer’s need to nominate a school and then Monsanto will contact them and urge them to apply. The grants will be awarded on merit, need, and community support with winning applications selected by a 26-member America’s Farmer’s Grow Rural Education Advisory Council made up of farm leaders from across the country.
Arnold says currently 79-percent of Iowa’s 361 school districts have already been nominated. The grant application deadline is April 20.
February 9, 2012