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Columbia schools selected as grant finalist

By on August 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Winning a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 can enhance educational opportunities for a school district in a rural community.

The Columbia School District was recently named a finalist to receive consideration for an “America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education” grant.

Columbia is one of 34 finalists in Illinois. 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. Columbia 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, an advisory council 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.

“America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education” is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to help farmers positively impact their communities and support local rural school districts.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.