Several Kiowa County residents bid on items set up at tables in the area above the bleachers during the high school basketball games against Satanta Feb. 3.

The items were donated by businesses from Greensburg, Haviland and Mullinville. Funds from the bidding goes into the Friends of Education Charitable Trust, a 501c3 non-profit organization that, for approximately 20 years, has been awarding scholarships to graduating Kiowa County High School students.

Last year, 27 students were awarded $500 scholarships, said Tony Rhodes, a member of the USD 422 Board of Education.

Ki Gamble, board president, said, “Since the tornado, we have funded every kids that applied that had a completed application, transcript, personal letter and three letters of recommended. It’s real easy money. All you have to do is fill it out.”

The trust is appreciative of the donors from individuals to local businesses to corporations who contribute to the fund each year, Gamble said.

“We’ve very thankful to those who have continued to support us each year,” he said.

Between 20 and 30 scholarships are awarded each year, Gamble said.

“It makes a difference,” he said. “Not many schools have a charitable trust foundation that does what ours does and many schools are envious of what we have.”

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