January 26, 2001

Ronald McDonald House Charities Offering $50,000 to Hispanic Graduating Seniors

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego (RMHCSD) understands the cost of college education can be overwhelming to high school seniors. In order to help the charity is offering $50,000 in scholarships to local Hispanic students through the RMHC/HACER (Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources).

Applications for the RMHC/HACER scholarship program are available at participating McDonald's restaurants, San Diego City and County libraries, San Diego locations of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and YMCA branches, high school counselors and on the San Diego County McDonald's Web site www.sdmcdonalds.com.

In 2001, RMHC/HACER will award 50 Hispanic students scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.

Applicants must be residents of San Diego County and have at least one parent of Hispanic origin. In addition, the applicants must be graduating high school seniors planning to attend an accredited college or university and be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2001/2002 academic year. Community involvement, financial need, academic achievement, personal statement and letter of recommendation are also taken into consideration. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2001.

Applications for other McDonald's scholarship programs —the AVAIL (African-American Visionary and Inspirational Leaders) and Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement— are also available. Through the three programs RMHC will award at least $125,000 this year alone. For more information students can call the RMHC scholarship hot line at 858/467-4750 ext. 22 or visit www.sdmcdonalds.com.

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