June 13, 2008

McDonald’s Awards $80,000 in Scholarships to Local Hispanic High School Seniors

Ten outstanding students of Hispanic descent will start college with $8,000 already paid toward their education thanks to a scholarship from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, Southern California McDonald’s and San Diego County McDonald’s.

The Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources 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. Scholarship recipients in good academic standing will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship renewable for an additional three years, for a total scholarship of $8,000.

“We had an overwhelming number of applicants this year, and it’s great to see so many Hispanic youth 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 in their path to educational excellence.”

Applicants were evaluated on an academic basis, financial need, personal successes and their commitment to the community. More than 100 high school seniors applied, and 10 students across San Diego County have been chosen:

Roxana Carrillo, El Camino High School; Nancy Garcia and Maria Arango, Oceanside High School, Omar Ramales, San Deguito Academy; Sonia Ro-jas, Castle Park High School; Anna Toscano, Bonita Vista High School; Alejandra Figueroa, Hilltop High School; Youali Ramirez, Valley Center High School; Maribel Arzola, Hoover High School; and Brianna Bustillos, Julian Union High School.

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