(BENTON, IL) — The Akin, Benton Consolidated High School, Thompsonville and Hamilton County school districts have been named finalists in this year’s America Farmers Grown Rural Education Program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. These districts are in the running for grants of $10,000 and $25,000. A spokesperson for the Monsanto Fund says the districts were nominated by farmers to apply for the grants. Once nominated, the districts were eligible to complete applications asking for funding for a specific math or science project that will enhance curriculum in their district. Finalist applications will now be reviewed by the Grow Rural Education Farmer Advisory Council, who will announce this year’s winners in early August.