EDINBURG – For the last several years High Steaks Texas Cook 'Em has been a staple during the 4th of July weekend. Hundreds of competitors gather for a slice of the $30,000 pie.
This year though, High Steaks added a new feature. Edinburg Chamber Executive Director Ronnie Llaralde explained they wanted to celebrate the patriotic holiday a bit more by awarding five, $1,000 scholarships to veterans attending the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).
But when leadership at H-E-B caught wind of the chamber's plans they stepped up and matched the donation with five scholarships of their own.
“Today we're honoring 10 UTRGV students with scholarships,” Llaralde said. “It feels great to give back a little something for them for the new school year.”
At UTRGV there are currently 364 veterans that are certified under the Veterans Administration (VA) Educational Benefit and Hazlewood Act.
The Hazlewood Act is a Texas benefit that provides qualified veterans, spouses and dependent children with up to 150 hours of tuition exemption which includes most fee charges at public institutions in Texas.
However, this does not include living expenses, books or supply fees.
“That is where scholarships like this are so important,” Vice President for Governmental Affairs Veronica Gonzales said. “We are proud to assist those who have served our country, we remain committed to military families wanting to continue their education.”