by Danielle Wagner
WATERLOO (KWWL) The Second Annual Scarecrow Scamper is a fundraiser for scholarships for Hawkeye Community College students.
"We were looking for different ways to raise money for students here on campus and we thought a race was a unique way to get people out here and get them some exercise too, but also get them out on campus as well," said race coordinator Stephanie Cherry.
The race helps kick off the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens' Fall Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Contest.
Participants fun a four mile, cross country race around the HCC campus and arboretum in Waterloo. Money raised goes to help students pay for school.
Andrew Skinner was a scholarship recipient and is now helping other students.
"Hawkeye has offered me some scholarships and so it's really nice. Don't have to worry about cost and loans to pay," said Skinner.
Skinner said knowing he had financial assistance helped him decide to attend Hawkeye.
"I live around here so that was one reason, but also the scholarship money was another reason that led me to come here," he said.
Right now, Hawkeye Community College is only able to provide scholarships to about 10 percent of students, which is why raising money is so important.
"Every little bit helps them and nowadays more are looking for help. Unfortunately, there isn't enough help for all of them," said Stephanie Cherry.
If you'd like to donate money for Hawkeye Community College scholarships, call the foundation office.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner