NEW YORK HISPANIC HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WINS $20,000 SCHOLARSHIP FOR COLLEGE

NEW YORK HISPANIC HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WINS $20,000 SCHOLARSHIP FOR COLLEGE

Finding the road to success with a helping hand from McDonald's


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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 28, 2002–Eric P. Velazquez has been named this year’s recipient of the HACER Scholarship worth $20,000, presented by Ronald McDonald House Charities and McDonald’s Hispanic Owner/Operators of the New York Tri-state area.

Eric was awarded the scholarship at a ceremony held at El Museo del Barrio earlier this month where he was congratulated by Roberto Madan, McDonald’s Owner/Operator and HACER Chairman, McDonald’s representatives, special guests, and friends.

Eric, a resident of Chestnut Ridge, New York and a recent graduate of Spring Valley High School, will be attending SUNY (State University New York) New Paltz in the fall. This scholarship will help Eric continue to develop his leadership skills and foster his desire to become an educator. “I want to help students not only understand fractions but also realize the aspects of life the textbooks cannot teach you,” he said.

Eric Velazquez has overcome adversity and is a proven leader within his community. “Although Eric is extremely hardworking, committed, and bright, that is not what makes him unique,” said Michele Rosenberg, his teacher and class advisor. “To know Eric, the person, is to know one of the most admirable and compassionate young men one can ever come in contact with,” she said.

An additional forty-six scholarship recipients were also honored that evening with scholarships in the amount of $5,000 or $10,000 to use towards the cost of their college education. RMHC/HACER scholarship criteria focus on academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. A committee of local educators, community leaders, and Hispanic business owners selected the winners.

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program (Ronald McDonald House Charities/ Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources) was established to support Hispanic high school seniors who are pursuing post-secondary education. RMHC/HACER scholarship criteria focus on academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. Since 1985, McDonald’s has awarded over $1.5 million annually to college-bound Hispanic students who meet scholarship requirements.

“McDonald’s is dedicated to programs that help ensure a successful future for youth in the Hispanic community,” said Roberto Madan, McDonald’s Owner/Operator and HACER Chairman. “We believe education promotes the skills and values necessary for a strong community, and is pivotal to teaching youth how to achieve their life goals. ”

The RMHC/HACER initiative is the largest high school-to-college Hispanic scholarship program in the nation and operates as a partnership of Global Ronald McDonald House Charities, its local chapters, McDonald’s Corporation, and McDonald’s owner/operators. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides comfort and care to children and families through its network of local Charities in 32 countries. The Charity makes grants to not-for-profit organizations and provides support to Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide. To date, RMHC and its global network of local Charities have awarded over $200 million in grants to children’s programs worldwide.

McDonald’s is the largest and best-known global foodservice retailer, with more than 25,000 restaurants in 117 countries. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald’s global restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees.

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NEW YORK HISPANIC HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WINS $20,000 SCHOLARSHIP FOR COLLEGE