February 27, 2009
Five outstanding students of Hispanic descent will start college with $5,000 already paid toward their education thanks to a scholarship from the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southern California, RMHC of San Diego, the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California and the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of San Diego.
The Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources (HACER) scholarship is offered to high school seniors who have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage and who are eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a complete course of study.
Since 1990, more than $2.7 million in scholarship funds have been awarded for students who reside in Southern California. This is the second year that a HACER scholarship is being offered exclusively to San Diego County residents. Five scholarship recipients in good academic standing will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship for their first year of college.
“We had an overwhelming number of applicants last year, and it’s great to see so many Hispanic youth in San Diego eager to attend college,” said Ernie Sandoval, San Diego McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “McDonald’s has a strong history of giving back to the community in areas that matter most, and we’re proud to help these students on their path to educational excellence.”
Applicants are evaluated on an academic basis, financial need, personal successes and their commitment to the community. Recipients will be selected by an advisory board consisting of educators, and community and civic leaders.
More than 125 high school seniors applied in 2008. The deadline to apply is March 13. More details and an application for the HACER scholarship are available at sdmcdonalds.com.