THE RMHC®/HACER® Scholarship Program Celebrates its 29TH ANNIVERSARY
More than $250,000 in scholarships awarded to 14 Hispanic NY Metro senior high school students
On June 20, the 29th edition of the Ronald McDonald House Charities® Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources® (RMHC®/HACER®) Scholarship Program Awards Luncheon took place at Yankee Stadium. The annual program, dedicated to assisting and supporting Hispanic high school seniors who want to pursue a higher education, honored 14 students and awarded more than $250,000 in scholarship funds.
The HACER scholarship program was established by local Hispanic McDonald’s Owner/Operators in the New York Metro as a way of providing opportunities to Hispanic youth, and to encourage and promote civic responsibility in their communities. To date, the program has awarded almost $8 million in scholarships to more than 1,200 high-school seniors in the New York Tri-State Area.
This year, the program received submissions from more than 600 students. The 14 scholarship winners were recognized for their educational accomplishments and commitment to the Hispanic community by the RMHC/HACER selection committee, comprised by Hispanic media outlets, community influencers, education professionals, and McDonald’s local owners.
“In the past 29 years, close to $8 million dollars have been distributed to deserving students that have shown outstanding academic achievement, a deep commitment to the community, and a desire to pursue a college degree,” said Ana Madan, Chairman of the local HACER Scholarship Program and McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “It has been a long road and a lot of effort on behalf of McDonald’s Hispanic Owners in the region to make this program a success.”
Hosting this year’s celebration was Fox 5’s traffic reporter, Ines Rosales. In attendance were the 14 scholarship winners and their families, selection committee members, representatives from Ronald McDonald House Charities and McDonald’s Corporate, local McDonald’s Owner/Operators and members of the local press.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area
For over 20 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities® New York Tri-State Area has been creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. The organization provides needed support to 5 Ronald McDonald Houses, which are “homes away from home” allowing families to be with their hospitalized children for extended periods of time; college scholarships to promising students; and community grants to support a variety of local nonprofit organizations. To learn more about the organization, please visit www.rmhcnytristate.org.