Meeting rural-advocates who are doing great work in their communities is one of the best parts of our job. RSC understands the importance of equitable technology access in rural schools and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the mission of the Rural Technology Fund. This growing nonprofit is dedicated to supporting rural teachers and students through grantmaking, and the stories of the projects they've supported underscore the need for this work.
Founded in 2008 the Rural Technology Fund (RTF) aims to reduce the “digital divide” between rural and non-rural areas by lowering the barriers rural students encounter and ensuring that rural students have an easier road to technology-based careers through:
- RTF Scholarship Program that provides college grants and support to students from rural communities pursuing an education in computer technology
- Classroom Technology Donations which provide rural schools and classrooms in high-poverty areas with the technology and equipment students need to learn about electronics, programming, or engineering. Classroom Technology Donations also includes school district partnerships for the creation of “Maker Spaces” equipped with technology to serve a variety of student interests
- Assistive Technology (AT) equipment and support to teachers and students in rural and high-poverty public schools and libraries. Funds are used to increase accessibility and participation for students, promoting their inclusion in everyday classroom activities
The RTF’s mission is to help rural students recognize opportunities in technology careers, facilitate pathways to work in the computer industry, and provide equitable access to technology for students with disabilities. A critical component to success in this mission is providing resources and community for our educators so that they can succeed in their work, furthering technology education in their classrooms.
We are excited to be able to share this incredible resource with teachers and our hub partner network and hope that you visit their website to learn more about the opportunities available!