McDonald’s(R), in Support of RMHC(R)/HACER(R), Joins the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to Offer...

McDonald’s(R), in Support of RMHC(R)/HACER(R), Joins the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to Offer Free, Bilingual College Workshops

Workshops for parents and students to take place this fall in Baldwin Park, CA, Chicago, Newark, NJ, San Antonio, and Tampa, FL


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Oak Brook, IL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 20, 2007–McDonald’s announced today it is working together with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in conducting five Steps For Success College Workshops to help encourage greater Hispanic college enrollment. The free workshops will provide parents and students with extensive information regarding the college application process, including financial aid and how to apply for scholarships.

The Steps for Success College Workshop dates and locations are:

— September 29, 2007: Baldwin Park High School, Baldwin Park, CA

— October 13, 2007: Thomas Kelly High School, Chicago, IL

— October 20, 2007: Barringer High School, Newark, NJ

— October 27, 2007: Jefferson High School, San Antonio, TX

— November 10, 2007: Jefferson High School, Tampa FL

“Since the establishment of the RMHC(R)/HACER(R) Scholarship Program in 1985, McDonald’s has been a strong supporter of college education for Hispanics. We recognize that for many Hispanic parents and students, attaining a college education is a dream,” said Cristina Vilella, Director of Marketing, McDonald’s USA. “These workshops offer the tools and information they need to make that dream a reality and to learn about the many scholarship programs available like RMHC/HACER, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) and its local U.S. Chapters.”

The bilingual Steps for Success College Workshops will include a session for parents led by Mariela Dabbah, award winning, best selling author of Help your Children Succeed in High School and Go to College, A Special Guide for Latino Parents. Workshop participants will also receive a free copy of the book, while supplies last. Other sessions will cover information ranging from the college financial aid process, to applying to colleges and for scholarships.

“Latino parents want the best for their children but many times they are not familiar with how to help them get into college and how to pay for it. These workshops take the mystery away and instill both parents and students with the confidence and tools they need to navigate the process successfully,” added Dabbah.

The Steps for Success College Workshops will also introduce students and parents to the RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program. RMHC/HACER is one of the largest educational scholarship programs for Latinos in the country, and has provided over $15 million in scholarships since its inception in 1985.

“The goal of these workshops is to guide parents and students, many of whom will be the first in their families to go to college, through the maze that is the college admissions process,” said Christopher E. Jones, HSF Chief Operating Officer.

More information regarding RMHC/HACER and the Steps for Success College Workshops can be found at http://www.MeEncanta.com.

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald’s 13,700 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. For more information about McDonald’s visit http://www.mcdonalds.com.

About RMHC

Ronald McDonald House Charities(R), a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its three core programs, Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program, RMHC is making a global impact on the most pressing problems facing children today. RMHC and its network of local U.S. Chapters also provide scholarships for high school seniors who want to continue their education. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities visit http://www.rmhc.org.

About Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, HSF’s vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. During the 2006-2007 academic year, HSF awarded nearly 4,200 scholarships exceeding $26.5 million. In its 32-year history, HSF has awarded more than 82,000 scholarships worth more than $221 million to Latinos from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands attending nearly 2,000 colleges and universities.

(C) 2007 McDonald’s

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McDonald’s(R), in Support of RMHC(R)/HACER(R), Joins the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to Offer Free, Bilingual College Workshops