Winning a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 can enhance educational opportunities for a school district in a rural community. North Tama Schools was recently named as a finalist to receive consideration for an America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grant. North Tama is one of 33 finalists in Iowa.
"We received so many outstanding applications from rural school districts across the county," said Deborah Patterson, President, Monsanto Fund. "The finalists truly went above and beyond what was expected and stand out as top tier choices."
More than 61,000 farmers shared their passion for rural education by nominating more than half the eligible school districts. Finalist schools were chosen for their program ideas and funding needs. North Tama Schools also benefited from community support through numerous farmer nominations which strengthened the district's application.
The grant review process includes an online application scoring system based on merit, need and community support; a review by science and math teachers from ineligible school districts; and a farmer advisory council.
Now that the finalists have been chosen, the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 26 farmer leaders from across the country, will select the winning grant applications. In 2012, the Monsanto Fund plans to award nearly $2.3 million to eligible school districts across the country. To see the full list of finalists for the grants, please be sure to visit GrowRuralEducation.com