RMHC/HACER OPENS ITS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2002-2003 ACADEMIC YEAR

RMHC/HACER OPENS ITS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2002-2003 ACADEMIC YEAR

Scholarship Applications now Available at Local High Schools and Online at http://www.rmhc.org


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Oak Brook, Ill–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 22, 2002–With the beginning of a new academic year, high school seniors embark on one of the most important stages of their lives, applying to college. A hurdle encountered by many students is how to pay for a college education. Next Spring, the Ronald McDonald House Charities/Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources (RMHC/HACER) Scholarship Program plans to award more than $1.5 million in scholarships for Hispanic high school seniors nationwide. Scholarship applications are now available at participating high schools and online at http://www.rmhc.org, http://www.lomcximo.com or by calling 1-800-310-4053. The deadline for this year’s application period is February 1, 2003.

High school graduating seniors of Hispanic descent are encouraged to apply. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and community involvement.

In the past 17 years, the RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program has grown to become the nation’s largest program supporting the education of Hispanic high school seniors. Since its inception, RMHC/HACER has awarded over $10 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 Hispanic students in the U.S.

“We are extremely proud of the number of students we have assisted through RMHC/HACER,” said RMHC President and CEO Ken Barun. “We believe that the role we have played in helping students achieve their educational goals is one of great importance. We are especially proud to provide scholarships to students who are committed to giving back to their community.”

RMHC/HACER is a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities and its local Chapters. The program is supported through the efforts of McDonald’s Owner/Operators, and other local and national community leaders and institutions. Local Chapters of RMHC operate HACER programs in 47 markets throughout the nation, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Information on all the participating markets is available at http://www.rmhc.org and http://www.lomcximo.com.

“Many people have shown tremendous passion and commitment to this program,” said Barun. “McDonald’s Owner/Operators and others across the country have worked tirelessly to invest in their community and help make higher education a reality for Hispanic youth.”

Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501(c) 3, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children worldwide. Its goal is to make an immediate, positive impact on as many children as possible through its global network of 173 local Charities in 44 countries.

In addition to its cornerstone program, Ronald McDonald House, the Charity makes grants to not-for-profit organizations serving children everywhere. To date, Ronald McDonald House Charities’ national body and global network of local Chapters have awarded more than $340 million in grants to children’s programs worldwide.

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CONTACT:

McDonald’s Corp.

Mirna Aceituno

630/623-6432

or

Valencia, Pérez & Echeveste

Michael Delgado

626/793-9335

RMHC/HACER OPENS ITS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2002-2003 ACADEMIC YEAR