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Encouraging High School Students to Pursue their College Dreams

McDonald’s recently partnered with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) and CoolSpeak to present the USHLI Student Leadership Summit, designed to create a culture of education.

The summit took over The College Academy in Washington Heights, where local McDonald’s franchisee Ana Madan delivered an inspirational speech to over 1,200 high school senior students about the educational and career opportunities offered by McDonald’s. Ms. Madan discussed the importance of education and the scholarship opportunities available through the Ronald McDonald House Charities® / Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources®  (RMHC®/HACER®) program.  RMHC/HACER is an annual scholarship program dedicated to assisting and supporting Hispanic high school seniors in their pursuit of a college education.

Dr. Juan Andrade, president of USHLI, Carlos Ojeda Jr., CoolSpeak Chief Executive Officer and Ernesto Mejia, CoolSpeak Vice President, accompanied Ms. Madan on the panel.

In closing, Ms. Madan concluded by saying, “Education opens doors. And the harder you work, the more you will achieve to make your dreams a reality.”

The application period for the RMHC/HACER scholarship began on October 1, 2014 and ends January 20, 2015. Visit Ronald McDonald House Charities® New York Tri-State Area or for more information.


Hilda Vazquez, d’exposito & Partners
Phone: (646) 747-8820

Nicholas Aguilar, d’exposito & Partners
Phone: (646) 747-8823