MANHATTAN, Kan. - A grant request in the amount of $10,000 has been awarded to the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program, according to John J. Hays, vice president for National Programs at the Farm Credit System Foundation, Inc. based in Washington, D.C.

The contribution comes from a new grant fund that is the result of a $1 million donation to the foundation by CoBank, based in Denver. The contribution creates the Douglas D. Sims Fund for Rural Leadership.

The money recognizes Douglas Sims' 37 years of dedication to the Farm Credit System and rural America. Sims recently retired as CoBank's Chief Executive Officer.

The CoBank donation is earmarked for programs that focus on the development of rural leaders, particularly those who are committed to making their communities better places to live.

"Grants of up to $10,000 are being awarded to organizations that meet the program criteria," Hays said. The grant was awarded to the KARL Program in full due to the "good work KARL is doing for rural America," Hays added.

According to program director Jack Lindquist, the 30 current KARL Class VIII members are the beneficiaries of the grant. The participants are enrolled in a series of 10 in-state seminars; a one-week study tour to Washington, D.C.; and a 12-day international study seminar. The two-year cost per adult student is $12,500 - $10,000 of which is supported by donations.

KARL's offices are located at Kansas State University. For more information, interested persons can visit the Web site at or may call Lindquist at 785-532-6300.

SOURCE: K-State University news release.