GEORGETOWN, Del. - A record number of people gather to support veterans and first responders at the Del Tech campus in Georgetown Thursday evening.
The Run, White and Blue 5k held at Del Tech, was designed to help both groups further their education by using all proceeds for scholarships for veterans and first responders.
And to do that over 500 runners and organizers showed up to run and show their support, a far cry from four years ago when under 200 runners participated.
Melissa Rakes, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, says these scholarships are necessary, as veterans benefits alone aren't enough to support the cost of higher education.
"We knew that they needed more support in being able to obtain their education, the veterans benefits alone aren't enough to support the cost of tuition, fees, books, and all the other expenses."
And her husband, Shawn, says it's programs like these that have contributed to a rise in education among veterans.
"A higher number of our enlisted folks are more highly educated than ever before in the history of our military, and that is through colleges like Del Tech that are super military friendly."
Del Tech is using September, suicide prevention month, to put on events to lower the rates of suicides in our active duty service members.
For more information on these events, go to go.dtcc.edu/22in22.
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