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Panhandle Philanthropists Give Aid To Rural Students

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Three big-name philanthropists from the Texas Panhandle have ensured that six high school students from Miami and Canadian will be able to pay for college, reports The Amarillo Globe-News.

The funding comes from the Pickens-Abraham Foundation, which is a partnership between energy magnate T. Boone Pickens and Salem and Ruth Ann Abraham of Canadian. In addition to the tuition funds for the six high school students, the foundation also provides funding for the Canadian and Miami independent school districts.

This year alone, the Pickens-Abraham Foundation gave $125,000 to the two school districts. Hedge fund manager Salem Abraham said his foundation understands how small rural schools in Texas, “have to work hard to provide the same educational opportunities for rural kids that city kids enjoy.”