Augusta (Wisc.) School District up for Agricultural Grant

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Augusta (Wisc.) School District could soon be the winner of a grant worth up to $25,000.

The district has been named a finalist to receive consideration to win an "America's Farmers Grow Rural Education" grant. The winner gets a $25,000 grant and a second $10,000 grant is awarded. The grant is provided by the Monsanto Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work.

Winners are chosen by the AFGRE's advisory council for their program ideas and funding needs.

Press Release

Augusta, Wis. (July 27, 2012) – Winning a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 can enhance educational opportunities for a school district in a rural community. Augusta School District was recently named as a finalist to receive consideration for an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant. Augusta School District is one of 29 finalists in the state of Wisconsin.

“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. Augusta School District 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.

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