In 2002, River Bend Gun Club President, Jim Whittaker, attended the One Box Pheasant Hunt in Broken Bow Nebraska and came upon a local gun club that had a scholarship program for it's members children. An idea was born! Jim started working on the concept, recruiting and organizing. Jim relinquished his presidential position to Sam Cole, who, in 2004 instituted the program. Sam recruited Gene Gray to chair the committee, and the rest is history. The first scholarship was awarded in 2004 and the committee has since granted an additional 27 scholarship awards totaling compensation in excess of $100,000.