Rural school districts in North Dakota could get boosted STEM programs, thanks to help from farmers in their communities.
Farmers in North Dakota can nominate their local public school district for STEM grants through the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education programs, sponsored by the philanthropic arm of Bayer, the Monsanto Fund.
Schools can win $10,000 and $25,000 grants designed to enhance science, technology, engineering and math courses, according to a release sent out by the America's Farmers group.
Grow Rural Education will award more than $2.3 million to rural districts this year. Farmers can nominate their school district by visiting the America's Farmers website or by calling (877) 267-3332. Farmers can nominate a school district from Jan. 1 to April 1.
After a school is nominated it has until April 15 to submit a grant application describing the project they hope to pursue. Previous winners throughout the country have used grants to purchase 3D printers or upgrade classroom technology.
In the fall, farmers can join the Grow Communities program for the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local nonprofit organization. The Grow Ag leaders program also will begin accepting applications for students pursuing a degree in agriculture-related fields.