"Hand up for Harvey" event benefits Tech relief scholarship

"Hand up for Harvey" event benefits Tech relief scholarship

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

More than 5,000 Texas Tech students were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The College of Human Sciences hosted "Hand Up for Harvey", an obstacle course that raised money for a scholarship relief fund. 

Donna Burt, senior advisor for human sciences coordinated the event. She said she realized the devastation from Harvey was believe felt in Lubbock.

"Today the obstacle course is something we choose to do to support our students where as the Hurricanes they didn't get to choose that," Burt said. 

Burt said they reached out to students who were from the areas affected and asked how they were being directly effected.

"What we found out it was that it was everything from being flooded out, to students not even being able to get their books because the mail wasn't even delivering," Burt said. 

They came with an idea of an obstacle course. The course spread across Urbanovsky Park and drew a mix crowd of community members and students. Tech junior, Mitchell Randolph said he understands why the scholarship fund is crucial. 

"Some of the students family that were probably using their money to go towards their finances, their students well being, was probably used to help fix their house, their cars," Randolph said. 

For sophomore Michael Knowles, he said he took the opportunity to push himself physically and too joy in the fact it was helping others. 

"It's a great feeling, because I love helping people, I love being there for people." Knowles said. "So I just want to do whatever I can to help out."

Burt said they are working to make it an annual event. 

"We know that there's always going to be something that could impact our students, that's way out of their control." Burt said. "So having those scholarship funds, just a little bit can go a long way to helping our students so that's what were gonna do." 

Click here to donate directly to the Texas Tech Hurricane Harvey Scholarship Relief Fund.

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