The selection committee of the Ronald McDonald House Charities/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (RMHC/HACER) Scholarship Program of the New York Tri-State area met last week to select the winners of the 2014-2015 edition of the program, who will be awarded $300,000 in scholarships. Since its beginning 28 years ago, RMHC/HACER has awarded a total of almost $7 million to local Hispanic high school senior students who wish to pursue a college education, making it the largest program of its kind.
The RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program is chaired by McDonald’s® franchisee Roberto Madan. The selection committee, which is led by franchisee Jessica Mato, consisted of representatives from the media, community leaders, educators as well as local McDonald’s franchisees. The group convened in New York City to select the 17 winners out of more than 3,300 entries received this year. Recipients were chosen based on their financial need, community involvement and academic achievements. This year’s winners will be honored at a luncheon to be held at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on June 16th.