NEW YORK TRI-STATE AREA COLLEGE-BOUND HISPANIC HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO RECEIVE OVER...

NEW YORK TRI-STATE AREA COLLEGE-BOUND HISPANIC HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO RECEIVE OVER A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS

Latin star Daisy Fuentes to congratulate winners at local ceremony


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New York, NY.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 18, 2002–Ronald McDonald House Charities and McDonald’s Hispanic Owner/Operators of the New York Tri-state area today awarded $300,000 to local college-bound Hispanic high school seniors.

Forty-six scholarship recipients were honored this evening at an awards ceremony at El Museo del Barrio, where they were congratulated by their families, McDonald’s representatives, and special guest speaker and Latin star Daisy Fuentes. In addition, master of ceremonies for the event consisted of prominent Hispanic journalists Rafael Pineda, Univision’s Channel 41 News Anchor, and Genevive Fernandez-Marlin, Deputy Managing Editor, People en Español.

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. 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 spokesperson. “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. ”

Today, students received scholarships in the amount of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 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 initiative is the largest high school-to-college Hispanic scholarship program in the nation. The RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program operates as a partnership of Global Ronald McDonald House Charities, its local chapters, McDonald’s Corporation, and McDonald’s owner/operators. “Through RMHC/HACER, we in the McDonald’s family continue to fulfill our commitment to give back to the communities where we do business. We are also proud to make an investment in the youth of our community by helping make higher education a reality for Hispanic students,” said Alisa Getlin, Marketing Manager, New York Metro Region.

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.

Univision Communications, Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. In the New York tri-state area, Univision 41 has become the leading Spanish-language television station in its almost 35 years of operation. Noticias 41 is also the tri-state area’s most honored news team and the winner of broadcast journalism’s most coveted awards: The Edward R. Murrow award, the EMMY and the Gracie award, and was voted Best Newscast by the Associated Press. Univision 41 studios are located in Teaneck, New Jersey.

PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL is the Hispanic print category leader in circulation. Each month, the publication reaches nearly four million readers with an exciting editorial mix of Hispanic and mainstream entertainment coverage, fashion and beauty service editorial and human-interest stories. A true pioneer in Hispanic print, PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL demonstrates the increasing importance of the U.S. Hispanic market.

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CONTACTS:

Iveliesse de Ororbia

The Bravo Group

(212) 780-5231

cell (917) 407-5422

or

Alisa Getlin

McDonald’s Corporation

(516) 568-4317

NEW YORK TRI-STATE AREA COLLEGE-BOUND HISPANIC HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO RECEIVE OVER A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS