June 15, 2001

Fifty Hispanics Students Receive RMHC-SD/HACER Scholarships

The burden of financing a college education is a little easier for 5 of San Diego's highest achieving Hispanic-American high school graduating seniors. Each received scholarships made possible by Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego (RMHC-SD).



Fifty Hispanic-American graduating seniors received RMHC/HACER scholarships.

The students received $1,000 toward their college education from the RMHC/HACER (Hispanic-American Commitment to Educational Resources) scholarship program.

RMHC-SD honored the scholarship recipients at the Salute to Youth Achievement luncheon June 5 where Dede Alpert, California State Senator, was the keynote speaker.

RMHC/HACER was established nationally in 1985 and launched locally in 1990 as a joint effort between RMHC-SD and the San Diego County McDonald's owner/operators. Since then, more than $654,000 has been awarded to Hispanic students in San Diego.

"These dedicated and ambitious students deserve the recognition for the commitment that this scholarship gives them," said Ernie Sandoval, chair of RMHC/HACER and a McDonald's owner/operator. "We are honored to salute their hard work, academic achievement and community involvement because they are the future leaders of our community."

The RMHC/HACER scholarship winners were selected from high schools throughout San Diego County based on personal attributes, community contribution scholastic achievement and financial need.

In addition to the RMHC/HACER program, RMHC-SD awarded college scholarships through two other programs-AVAIL (African-American Visionary and Inspirational Leaders) and Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement. In all, RMHC-SD awarded $125,000 to local students in 2001.

Since 1990, more than $1 million has been awarded to local graduating high school seniors through the three RHMC-SD scholarship programs.

Ronald McDonald House Charities helps children and families by operating the Ronald McDonald House and awarding grants to other not-for-profit children's organizations throughout the San Diego community. To date, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego has provided a "home-away-from-home" for more than 6,000 families, and has awarded more than $3.5 million to other children's organizations throughout San Diego County.

McDonald's is the largest and best-known global food-serve retailer, with more than 23,000 restaurants in 109 countries. All of McDonald's restaurant businesses in San Diego are owned and operated by independent franchisees. For more information visit www.sdmcdonalds.com or call 619/497-4400.

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