Agriculture teachers across the country are buzzing about the profound impact that CASE curriculum is making in their classrooms. As CASE Institute season is gearing up for another summer of intensive, rigorous professional development training, many teachers are packing their bags and getting ready to head to their respective institutes thanks to the help of generous sponsors.
This year, 23 full and partial scholarships were awarded from the CASE Scholarship Program. The CHS Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, Express Employment Professionals, and Impact FFA were responsible for providing this funding. In addition, Farm Credit East sponsored an additional 15 partial scholarships through their own application process. Funds for the CASE and Farm Credit East scholarships totaled $57,450. On top of the scholarship funding, DuPont Pioneer sponsored 75 grants through their own application and award process, which totaled an additional $280,000.
For agriculture teacher, Mariah Roberts, receiving a CASE scholarship has been career-changing. Roberts, who has been an agriculture teacher for nine years, currently teaches at Wawasee High School in Syracuse, Indiana.
"I just completed the CASE AFNR Institute and I know this is going to change my whole program, including the students I retain in my program," said Roberts.
This year's scholarship is actually Roberts' second CASE scholarship. She was awarded her first in 2013 to attend the Principles of Agricultural Science -- Animal Institute. Without the help of the scholarships she has received, Roberts isn't sure if her administrators would have been willing to fund this professional development opportunity.
"The scholarships have really helped because my administrators can see my enthusiasm and excitement over the curriculum, which helps me persuade them to purchase the lab equipment and other materials I need to teach the CASE curriculum," added Roberts.
Roberts believes CASE curriculum is the perfect fit for agriculture teachers. Although the institutes take up several days in the summer, the curriculum teachers walk away with allows them to free up more time for classroom and program management, as well as for family time.
"I am just sold on the curriculum. It is exactly what ag teachers need," said Roberts.
CASE is grateful for each of its grant and scholarship sponsors. Through their generous contributions, agriculture teachers across the nation have the opportunity to improve their practice and provide their students with rigorous and relevant STEM-based classroom instruction. For more information about each scholarship awarded, including a full list of recipients, click on each sponsor logo below.