$300,000 in scholarships awarded to 17 Hispanic NY tri-state senior highschool students
On Tuesday, the 28th 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 $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 3,000 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 28 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 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.