June 23, 2000

Fifty Students Receive RMHC-SD/HACER Scholarships

The burden of financing a college education has been eased for 50 of San Diego's most promising Hispanic-American 2000 high school graduates, who received scholarships made possible by Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego (RMHC-SD).

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

RMHC-SD honored the scholarship recipients at the Salute to Youth Achievement luncheon earlier this month where Cruz Bustamante, lieutenant governor, state of Calif., spoke.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in San Diego, 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/operator. Since then, more than $604,000 has been awarded to Hispanic students in San Diego.

"San Diego McDonald's owner/operators and the RMHC board of directors are very proud to celebrate 10 years of helping Latino youth reach their educational goals," said Ernie Sandoval, chair of RMHC/HACER and a McDonald's owner/operator. "The young and extremely capable students who receive our scholarships represent our future. Their hard work, scholastic achievement and community involvement is truly worth praising."

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, McDonald's awarded $129,000 to local students this year.

Since 1990, more than $1 million has been awarded to local graduating high school seniors through RMHC-SD's three scholarships 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 (www.sdmcdonalds.com) has provided a "home-away-from-home" for more than 5,500 families, and has awarded more than $3.5 million to other children's organizations through San Diego County.

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