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Star Studded Luncheon Celebrates 14 NY Tri-State RMHC/AAFA Scholarship Recipients

Hearts were warmed as stars, family members, and loved ones gathered on  June 7, 2017 at the beautiful Crystal Plaza (Livingston, NJ)  for the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area African American Future Achievers (RMHC/AAFA) Scholarship Luncheon. The New York Tri-State Area McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association hosted the elegant luncheon for 14 deserving high school graduating seniors from across the New York Tri-State Area who will be attending 4 year colleges and universities in the fall.



More than a quarter million dollars was awarded to 14 deserving high school graduating seniors.

“The RMHC/African-American Future Achievers Scholarship program was designed to address the reality that many students of African descent face significant financial barriers to higher education,” said Christopher Perry, Executive Director or RMHC-NYSTA. “We are incredibly proud to offer 14 generous college scholarships this year to help these promising young students achieve their dreams of obtaining a higher education.” “The New York Tri-State Area McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association and Ronald McDonald House Charities are always proud to support education in black communities by offering the African American Future Achievers scholarship to deserving high school graduating seniors,” said Paul Hendel, McDonald’s Owner Operator and McDonald’s New York Metro Co-Op President. “We are so proud to offer 14 scholarships totaling more than a quarter million dollars this year, and we look forward to raising more money to support more students in years to come.”


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New York Tri-State McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association hosted an elegant, star-studded luncheon to celebrate 14 deserving Ronald McDonald House Charities African American Future Achievers scholarship recipients.

The following students will receive $16,000 over four years:

Name Hometown High School University attending
1. Kelly Bamfo Bronx, NY Stephen T. Mather High School Alfred State College
2. Kamille Banks Lodi, NJ Lodi High School Spelman College 
3. Akalah Bobb Brooklyn, NY Uncommon Collegiate Charter HS Marshall University 
4. Berlindyne Elie Irvington, NJ Christ the King Preparatory HS Boston College
5. Ryan Emmanuel  Brooklyn, NY  Cristo Rey High School Fordham University
6. Raniya Martin-Davis Passaic, NJ Paterson CS For SCI/TECH University of Florida 
7. Rouwaida Nitiema Newark, NJ Newark Early College High School Gettysburg College
8. Minasdine Rene Stamford, CT Stamford High School Fairfield University
9. Milencia Saintus Roselle, NJ Abraham Clark High School Seton Hall University
10. Samayia Taylor Newark, NJ  St. Vincent Academy Howard University
11. Michael Watson Uniondale, NY Uniondale High School Princeton University
12. Adam Wickham New York, NY Stuyvesant High School Princeton University
13. Chris Yankah  Elmont, NY Elmont Memorial High School Vanderbilt University

In addition, the following student will receive the Lee Dunham Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $25,000 over four years:

 14. Nicole Tayler East Orange, NJ East Orange STEM Academy Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Lee Dunham Scholarship recipient_Nicole Taylor

Nicole Tayler, recipient of the $25,000 Lee Dunham Memorial Scholarship.

The luncheon was co-hosted by two-time New York Giants Super Bowl Champion, Kareem McKenzie and award-winning actor Tobias Truvillion from the #1 hit primetime series Empire.

Co-Hosts Tobias Truvillion and Kareem McKenzie

Kareem McKenzie, two-time New York Giants Super Bowl Champion, and Tobias Truvillion, award winning actor from the #1 hit series Empire, co-hosted the luncheon.

There were also two amazing musical performances, one from Melba Moore, who sang her heart felt song, “If You Believe,” and Alyson Williams, who sang one of her hits, “Just Call My Name”.

RMHC/AAFA has been able to transform the lives of eligible graduating high school seniors who face limited access to educational opportunities by virtue of their financial background. With its college scholarship program, the nonprofit organization assists students in their efforts to reach their educational goals and their aspirations to become leaders of tomorrow.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area For over 20 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area has been creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Their signature programs include scholarships to help provide access to a college education for students who need and earn it, and community grants to support a variety of local children’s charities in the areas of medicine, crisis intervention, civic and social services, education, and the arts. The organization also provides generous support to 5 Ronald McDonald Houses, which are “homes away from home” keeping families with sick children close to each other and the care and resources they need. For more information, please visit www.rmhcnytristate.org or contact 732-623-8639.

©2017 Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area.