EDINBURG – Approximately 400 runners and participants gathered at the Edinburg Municipal Park on Saturday, Aug. 5 to celebrate Edinburg Housing Authority’s 2nd Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk.

EHA staff, resident volunteers, community partners, elected officials, businesses and organizations gathered at the park under the north pavilion that morning. Exhibitioners prepared their booths and runners stretched for the 7:30 am start, as EHA staff and volunteers organized the area.

Every year, EHA awards the money raised to high school students moving onto college through the EHA Scholarship Program.

The annual 5K fundraiser was created by the agency in order to promote education amongst its residents. It is the agency’s goal that all its residents become educated to become self-sufficient and improve their lifestyles. Education is seen as another tool residents may utilize to cycle out of housing.

An estimated $4,500 were awarded to eight EHA residents through this year’s scholarship program, including laptops and Staples gift cards. EHA hopes to continue awarding its graduating residents this coming spring semester thanks to the money raised through this year’s 5K.

EHA Executive Director, Rodolfo “Rudy” Ramirez, is constantly working with community partners to push educational efforts. He hopes to inspire young residents to take action and improve the quality of their lives through education

“The scholarships are meant to reward and motivate the awesome students we serve,” said Ramirez.

The scholarship program is simply another way to push young residents to enroll at a college or university and receive their degree. EHA is proud because it currently has student residents enrolled at universities such as UTRGV, STC, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UTSA and UT Austin. They hope to have the list increase in the years to come.

The agency is aware that like a 5k, there are obstacles its residents must overcome. By providing housing assistance and beneficial opportunities like scholarships and other programs, EHA will continue to motivate its residents, especially student residents, to push past the educational finish line through efforts like these.

“It’s through collaborative efforts that our agency is making a difference in the beautiful families we serve,” said the executive director. “Our residents will succeed via education!”