Hawaii schools receive Science Education Fund grants

A total of 10 grants totaling nearly $10,000 were awarded to Hawaii public schools and educational organizations from the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund, a program established by The Monsanto Fund to support science education in Hawaii’s public schools. 

Recipients included Lahainaluna High School, Maui High School, Molokai Middle School, UH-Maui College, Castle High School, Kaiser High School, Mililani Middle School and Waialua High & Intermediate School.

Funds went to support a variety of STEM-related programs: a plant propagation and growth research project, a Challenger Learning Center Hawaii experience, and equipment and supplies for agricultural sciences biology, chemistry, life science, anatomy and physiology classes.

Established in 2005, the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund helps provide Hawaii public schools with programs, tools, supplies and equipment to enhance science education in the schools, and encourage today’s students to consider a future career in the sciences. To date, this program has awarded more than $248,000 in grant funds.

Monsanto’s grant program is available on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai where Monsanto employees live and work. Public schools serving students in intermediate grades through college for educational purposes related to science are eligible to apply.

The next grant application deadline is Friday, October 6, 2017.  Download a Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund application form or contact any one of Monsanto’s farm stations on Oahu 808-685-8371, Maui 808-891-8830 or Molokai 808-553-5070.

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

Molokai Middle School will be using grant funds to purchase a digital microscope for a life science lab, audio/visual equipment and educational videos to teach science classes, and supplies for STEM classes and an after-school bridge building club. Pictured: Grant recipients Jennifer Ainoa and Kahoiwai Kawaa with Monsanto representatives.

Monsanto employees presented Maui High School’s science teacher Mitchell Wendorff with a check for the purchase of an ELMO video system to facilitate students’ learning in chemistry and physics classes. Pictured from left: Kai Paleyo, Wendorff, Eugenia Sitts, and Hayde Sim.

Monsanto employees presented Lahainaluna High School’s science teacher Robert Tenison with a check (from left): Aurora Esmaquel, Eugenia Sitts, Tenison, Kai Paleyo, Hayde Sim, Nema Rabino. Grant funds will go towards the purchase of lab equipment to enable ag science and marine science students to conduct scientific inquiry activities.