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THE RMHC®/HACER® Scholarship Program Celebrates its 27th Anniversary

 $300,000 in scholarships awarded to 17 Hispanic NY Metro senior high school students

New York, June 16, 2014 – Today, the 27th 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 17 students and awarded $300,000 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 $7 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 high-school seniors in the New York Tri-State Area.

This year, the program received submissions from more than 2,000 students. The 17 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 27 years, close to $7 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 Roberto 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 17 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.

For a list of scholarship winners please see attached.


About Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) is working to better the lives of children and their families in our communities, by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the areas of health, education, the arts, and civic and social services. Since 1992, RMHC-NYTSA has provided more than $10 million dollars to local non-profit organizations whose programs improve the well -being of children and their families.  For further information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State area, visit