November 22, 2000
In the last 15 years, the RMHC/HACER (Ronald McDonald's House Charities/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources) Scholarship Program has grown to become the nation's largest charitable initiative dedicated to advancing the education of Hispanics who are making the transition from high school to college. Since its inception in 1985, the program has awarded more than $7 million in scholarships to over 6,000 Hispanic students in the U.S. Applications for the 2001-2002 school year are now available at www.rmhc.org, www.mcdonalds.com, www.fastweb.com, at participating McDonald's restaurants within program areas, or through participating senior class high school counselors throughout the nation and Puerto Rico. The application period is open through February 1, 2001.
High school graduating seniors with at least one parent of Hispanic heritage are encouraged to apply. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. Further information is available through the program's RMHC/HACER scholarship hotline at 1-800-736-5219 or at www.rmhc.org.
Argelia Atilano, entertainment anchor for KVEA-TV Telemundo, Los Angeles was one of the HACER scholarship recipients in 1992. "When you come from a broken family and a bad neighborhood, you think that nobody is going to believe in you," said Atilano. "Receiving the HACER Scholarship helped me to believe in myself and realize my abilities. I am grateful for motivating me to work hard and achieve my educational dreams."
In celebration of the program's 15th anniversary, Ronald McDonald House Charities is conducting a search of former RMHC/HACER alumni. If you are a recipient, please contact Maritza Baca at 626/793-9335.