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Ronald McDonald House Charities to Award More Than $726,000 in Scholarships for New York Tri-State Students

RMHC of the New York Tri-State Area funds the largest local college scholarship program in the region

 

ISELIN, NJ (Nov. 11, 2014) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) will award more than $726,000 in scholarships to graduating High School Seniors in 2015. As the sponsor of the largest local college scholarship program in the region, RMHC-NYTSA is committed to supporting outstanding students in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas who may face difficulties paying for a higher education. Applications are now available online at www.rmhcnytristate.org. The submission deadline is January 20, 2015.

For nearly three decades, RMHC-NYTSA has helped transform the lives of local students through its college scholarship program. Each year, the non-profit organization awards four-year scholarships to recipients who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. The scholarships are funded by New York Tri-State McDonald’s owner/operators and public contributions collected through RMHC Donation Boxes.

The RMHC-NYSTA Scholarship program is comprised of the following four individual scholarship programs:

  • RMHC®/AAFA – African American Future Achievers Scholarship – Applicants must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage
  • RMHC®/HACER – Applicants must have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage
  • RMHC®/ASIA – Asian Student Increasing Awareness Scholarship – Applicants must have at least one parent of Asian/Pacific-Islander heritage
  • RMHC® Scholars – All students may apply regardless of ethnic heritage. Asian, African American and Hispanic students are welcome to apply for the RMHC Scholars program provided they have not applied for one of the three scholarship programs listed above

“When I was applying for college, I was actually more concerned about being able to afford the tuition rather than being accepted to the schools of my choice,” said Udisa Chowdhury, a 2013 RMHC scholarship recipient and sophomore at New York University. “My RMHC scholarship has enabled me to pursue my dream while also staying active in my community.”

“In these challenging economic times, the cost of a college education can be an enormous financial burden for many students and their families,” said Christopher Perry, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area. “RMHC is dedicated to ensuring that exemplary students are permitted access to the education and opportunities they have rightfully earned.”

Ronald McDonald House Charities began its support of scholarship programs in 1985 by committing $50,000 toward its first scholarships, which were awarded through the Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (HACER) program. In 2001, the RMHC/ASIA (Asian Students Increasing Achievement) and RMHC African American Future Achievers Scholarships (RMHC/AAFA) began. Since 1985, more than $44 million in scholarships have been awarded by U.S. Chapters and RMHC Global.

Founded in 1974, RMHC recently celebrated its 40th anniversary by launching the three-year “RMHC Impact Strategy,” with a goal to serve one million more children and their families per year. Moving forward, RMHC will be expanding its reach by both creating and growing existing program, strengthening its global network through staff development and education, and ensuring the financial sustainability of RMHC and its Chapters around the world.

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

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area 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 www.rmhcnytristate.org, follow us at @RMHCNYTriState or call 732.623.8549.

©2014 McDonald’s Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area.

 

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Telly Wong, IW Group, Inc.
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Joanna Lin, IW Group, Inc.
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