Four $100,000 RMHC(R)/HACER(R) Scholarships Awarded to Hispanic Students With Funding From McDonalds(R)...

Four $100,000 RMHC(R)/HACER(R) Scholarships Awarded to Hispanic Students With Funding From McDonalds(R) Owner/Operators

2010 Marks 25th Anniversary of the RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program


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OAK BROOK, Ill., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) (RMHC(R)) announced today the selection of four Hispanic high school seniors who will each receive an RMHC/HACER college scholarship of $100,000 to fulfill their college dreams. The students were selected for their academic achievement, financial need and community service.

This years scholarships were awarded to Ariana J. Chavez, Delano, CA, attending the University of California, Davis; Elan D. Cramer, Los Gatos, CA, attending the University of California, Los Angeles; Stephanie A. Hernandez, Staten Island, NY, attending the University of Pennsylvania; and Jose A. Ramos, Panorama City, CA, attending the University of California, Berkeley.

“The RMHC/HACER National Scholarship was created in 2008 as an extension to the RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year,” said Martin J. Coyne, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. “We are especially proud that this years group has made such a strong commitment to community service, accounting for more than 2,500 combined hours in projects ranging from hospital volunteer work to tutoring children, and environmental clean-up projects.”

“Through RMHC/HACER, we strive to financially support the education dreams and aspirations of outstanding Hispanic students and RMHC looks forward to continuing our long and standing commitment to education and our future leaders.”

The RMHC/HACER National Scholarships are funded by a donation from McDonalds. Overall, the RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program has awarded more than $20 million since its establishment in 1985. The $100,000 national scholarships were first awarded in 2008. Previous recipients of the RMHC/HACER National Scholarship are currently completing their college education at prestigious universities such as Harvard, M.I.T., and Brown University.

“Thanks to the RMHC/HACER National Scholarship, I will be able to focus on my studies at the University of Pennsylvania without worrying about the financial aspect of my education,” said Stephanie A. Hernandez of Staten Island, NY. “Its also an honor to join a long line of outstanding students who have received an RMHC/HACER scholarship during its 25 year history.”

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program was founded in 1985 by McDonalds owner/operator Richard Castro of El Paso, with the support of RMHC, McDonalds Corporation, and local McDonalds owner/operators throughout the country. Castro, an educator before becoming a McDonalds franchisee, established the program after noticing increasing drop-out rates among Hispanic students due to financial difficulties. Today, RMHC/HACER is one of the countrys largest college scholarship programs for graduating Hispanic high school students.

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program provides awards ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 per student annually. RMHC/HACER is a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities and its local Chapters, which provide scholarships in several regions of the country. RMHC/HACER is supported through the efforts of McDonalds owner/operators, local and national community leaders and individual donors. Applications for the 2011 scholarship program will be available in November 2010. For more information on the scholarship, workshop schedules and other education resources, please visit http://www.rmhc.com and http://www.MeEncanta.com.

About RMHC(R)

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 52 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House(R), Ronald McDonald Family Room(R) and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(R), and millions of dollars in grants to support childrens programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, http://www.rmhc.org.

About McDonalds(R)

McDonalds USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonalds 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business men and women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the 11,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonalds U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit http://www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds) for updates on our business, promotions and products.

(C)2010 McDonalds

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Four $100,000 RMHC(R)/HACER(R) Scholarships Awarded to Hispanic Students With Funding From McDonalds(R) Owner/Operators