GARDEN CITY, Kan. — The Garden City Community College Endowment Association is hosted its 36th annual auction on Friday to raise money for student scholarships and grants.
“Scholarships are a big blessing honestly,” said GCCC student Jose Ponce. Ponce is graduating with his Associates degree in business this May, and he said the support from the school and his scholarship made it possible.
“I’ve definitely grown up a lot here, I got some new experiences and I just love it here. I can truly say Garden City has a place in my heart and I’m really going to miss it,” he said.
Last year the Endowment Association awarded over $500,000 in scholarships and grants, helping students like Ponce get an education.
“We are very lucky the community believes in what we’re doing, that the community supports education in Finney County and they support the College,” said Endowment Executive Director, Jeremy Gigot. “You know we’re very, very proud that we’re entrusted with helping the next generation achieve their dreams.”
A large portion of the Endowment’s fund comes from their annual auction, one of the biggest social events of the year.
Last year the auction brought in over $120,000 and this year with over 300 items up for bid they hoped to do just as well.
“The money that we raise this year is the money that will provide for those students next year,” Gigot said. He said the efforts by the school, Board members, and donors are what have made the auction so successful for over three decades.
“People who donate… I thank them every day, because they truly are a big help to students just like myself,” Ponce said.