EDINBURG – Rodolfo Cantu, Edinburg Housing Authority resident, was selected as the top recipient for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Merit College Scholarship Program. The Albores resident was awarded the $6,000 scholarship in July at the 2017 NAHRO Summer Conference in Indiana.

NAHRO was originally founded in 1933 as the National Association of Housing Officials (NAHO), and it’s the leading advocate for adequate and affordable housing for all Americans. Since its founding and reestablishment as NAHRO, this is the first time the association awards scholarships through a scholarship program.

The NAHRO Merit College Scholarship program awarded $15,000 in the summer of 2017. A total of eight housing residents throughout the United States received a scholarship, one from each regional NAHRO chapter. Cantu was the selected recipient for the Southwest NAHRO chapter and was also the highest awarded recipient among the eight national chapters.

Cantu graduated from Edinburg High School in June of 2017 as an AP Scholar and National Hispanic Scholar. His extracurricular activities included being a member of the school varsity orchestra, National Honors Society chapter, National Art Honors Society and runner for the varsity cross country team. During his high school tenure, Cantu served over 100 hours of community service through different school organizations.

During the application process, Cantu was skeptical about being selected as a recipient because he was aware the scholarship program was being evaluated at the national level. The EHA resident applied to the program hoping that if he were selected, the money he received would help pay for his college education.

“I constantly reminded myself to remain confident in my abilities,” said Cantu.

Cantu received news he had been selected as the top recipient less than a month after having submitted his application.

“I was excited to discover that I had received the top scholarship,” said Cantu. “It was a definite relief to know more of my tuition bill would be taken care of.”

Cantu will be attending the University of Texas at Austin this fall as part of the mechanical engineering program. The scholarship will help Cantu and his family be more comfortable with the idea of the high costs of attending UT Austin.

EHA is a major advocate for encouraging its residents to pursue a higher education to become self-sufficient and improve their lives. The agency is proud of its resident and hopes Cantu will continue excelling in his civic duties and educational endeavors.