Student Nurses Association Receives $2,500 Donation To Attend Florida Convention

MONTICELLO, AR — The Student Nurses’ Association at the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently received a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities to help its members attend the Student Nurses’ Association national convention in Orlando, Fla., March 29 through April 3.

            The donation was an award presented to Christine Felts, a Drew County farmer and an associate professor and clinical coordinator for the UAM School of Nursing, who directed the award to the UAM Student Nurses’ Association.

            Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, America’s Farmers Grow Communities “improves lives in rural America through farmer directed donations,” according to the organization’s website. The program, which launched in 2010, allows farmers to enter to win a $2,500 donation to direct toward their favorite community nonprofit organization. One winner is selected in each of the 1,326 eligible counties across 40 states.

            According to Felts, attendance at the Student Nurses’ Association national convention will “assist UAM students with development of nursing leadership qualities while also being introduced to the issues that impact nursing.  Participation in this event will foster the growth of nursing leaders in Drew County.”

            According to a Monsanto media release, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers for six years to donate over $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America. Winning farmers will direct donations to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support agriculture youth leadership programs, and buy much needed classroom resources.

            America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support local nonprofit causes that positively impact farming communities across rural America. Grow Communities is one program in the America’s Farmers community outreach effort, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Other programs include America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 college scholarships to high school and college students pursuing agriculture-related degrees and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, which works with farmers to nominate rural school districts to compete for $10,000 and $25,000 math and science grants. For more information, go to or contact the UAM School of Nursing at (870) 460-1069.



Members of the UAM Student Nurses’ Association accept a $2,500 donation provided by Christine Felts through the Monsanto America’s Farmers Grow Communities award. Pictured from left are Nicole Munnerlyn of Stuttgart, Katherine Wilkerson of McGehee, LaTasha Shopher of McGehee, Chelsea Burton of Monticello, and Christine Felts.


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