Baker High School teachers receive Funding the Future Grants for Innovative STEM, Reading Programs

Diane Van Gorden (left) and Linda Rost (right) receive their Funding the Future grant from Continental representative Karmen Bagley.

Two Baker High School teachers recently received grants to implement new educational programs at their school.

Linda Rost and Diane Van Gorden earned Funding the Future grants from Continental Resources.

Since 2013, Continental has awarded grants to teachers across the company’s operating area to bolster educational efforts in the key subjects of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and reading. The grants are intended to fund innovative and engaging educational programs that nurture students with the educational resources they need to grow into future leaders.

“It is our hope at Continental that these grants are used to inspire the next generation of mathematicians, scientists and geologists in our state,” Continental Chairman and CEO Harold Hamm said. “Supporting Oklahoma’s outstanding teachers and students has long been a priority of our company, and we look forward to seeing how this grant money is used to further the education experience and prepare our next generation.”

Rost intends to use her grant to purchase supplies for an advance placement biology class, while developing an anatomy and physiology class for students interested in medical careers.

Van Gorden will use grant funds to buy books and periodical databases for the school library.

More than 200 teachers in four states applied for Continental’s Funding the Future grants in 2018. A review committee voted to award grants to 47 teachers across the company’s operating area.

The Funding the Future program was established in 2013 to bolster education efforts in areas where Continental operates.

Grants are available up to $5,000. To learn more about this grant program, visit