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Distinguished Local Graduates Recognized at This Year’s RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program Celebration

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More than $250,000 in scholarships were awarded to 14 Hispanic NY Metro senior highschool students

On Monday, June 20th, the 29th 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 pursuing higher education, honored 14 students and awarded more than $250,000 in scholarship funds. Among the winners was Elvira García, recipient of the prestigious $40,000 Rafael Pineda Award in recognition of Univision’s Emmy-winning TV personality and long-time supporter of the program. Ms. García was presented with the award by Univision 41 “Al Despertar” news anchor, Merijoel Duran, who also spoke to the students about her journey to success. The winner will pursue a major in childhood education at St John’s University in New York.

The HACER scholarship program was established by local Hispanic McDonald’s franchisees 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 600 students. The 14 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 29 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 Ana Madan, Chairman of the local HACER Scholarship Program and McDonald’s franchisee. “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.”

Among the guests present were MC Ines Rosales, Fox 5 traffic reporter, as well as Ana Villafañe, most renowned for her starring role in Broadway’s Musical On Your Feet!. Ms. Villafañe spoke to the students about overcoming obstacles and the importance of never giving up.

During the luncheon, guests were treated to a private performance by Klass Santana, up-and-coming Hispanic performer, and interacted with Ronald McDonald himself. After the awards were handed out and a raffle took place, students and their families were taken on a private tour of Yankee Stadium, including a stop at the Press Box as well as Monument Park.

Several media outlets attended the event, notably Univision 41, Telemundo 47, SBS, El Especial and Impacto Latin News.

To learn more about RMHC and its scholarship programs, click here.


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