DURHAM, N.C. – In this high-tech digital age, the study of science and math is becoming more important than ever.

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) wants every student interested in studying these subjects to have the opportunity to do so.

The school’s foundation is now one step closer to that goal, thanks to the Research Triangle Park Monsanto site, which nominated the organization for a $10,000 grant to help fund this year’s Labs for Learning program.

NCSSM is a residential high school that promotes the study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the use of a specialized curriculum. The school provides a number of distance learning and outreach programs reaching approximately 3,500 students statewide each year.

The school will use the grant to fund their Labs for Learning program, which is a year-round educational program that provides science and mathematics enrichment for 96 students from six school districts in Northeastern North Carolina.

The program enrolls a new group of 24 high-potential seventh-grade students each year and works with them through the 10th grade.

Labs for Learning draws participants from the school districts of Warren, Halifax, Northampton, Bertie and Hertford counties and the Weldon City Schools.

NCSSM received the grant on July 18 from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded 100 site grants to non-profit organizations in 26 states.