Winning a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 can enhance educational opportunities for a school district in a rural community. Lowell Area Schools and Sparta Area Schools were recently named as finalists to receive consideration for an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant. Lowell and Sparta Area Schools are two of 19 finalists in Michigan.
“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. Lowell and Sparta Area Schools also benefited from community support through numerous farmer nominations which strengthened the respective districts’ application.