South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Receives Monsanto Fund Grant

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics provide challenging programs for students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. It cultivates academically motivated individuals that will become the next generation of researchers and problem solvers in both South Carolina and the nation as a whole.

Employees at Monsanto’s Hartsville, S.C. know the important role this school plays, and that’s why they nominated it to receive a $1,820 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to help them purchase new lab equipment.

The grant will be used to purchase a mini gas chromatograph, an instrument used for separating and analyzing organic compounds.

“The purchase of our own mini gas chromatograph will allow the students to have practical experience and will prepare them for future research,” Phelesia Jones-Cooper, Ph.D., chemistry instructor at the school, said.

Dawn Fraser, a breeder at Monsanto, was also excited to play a part in the grant.

“The school really emphasizes strong research training, which is in part why their students go on to become successful in the fields of science and math,” Fraser said. “These are the students who may become the next generation of Monsanto employees, and we believe it is important to support these programs.”

Kim Bowman, CEO of the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation, was thrilled to receive the grant.

“Thanks to the generosity of companies such as Monsanto and the Monsanto Fund, we are able to expose our students to cutting-edge technology and instruments,” Bowman said. “Their support allows us to remain an innovative leader in science, technology, engineering and math education.

This grant is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, which is focused on strengthening farming communities, as well as the communities where Monsanto’s employees live and work.