June 15, 2017
Annual RMHC®/HACER® Scholarship Program Celebrates Three Decades Of Making College Dreams A Reality
The RMHC/HACER scholarship program was established by local Hispanic McDonald's Owner/Operators in the New York Tri-State Area 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.
"For the past 30 years, RMHC/HACER has awarded scholarships to deserving students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, a deep commitment to the community, and a desire to pursue a college degree," said Ana Madan, Chairman of the local RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program and McDonald's Owner/Operator. "It is with great pride and dedication that McDonald's Hispanic owners in the region have worked hard to support this program into the legacy it is today."
"The RMHC/HACER program was designed to address the reality that many Hispanic students face significant financial barriers to higher education," said Christopher Perry, Executive Director of RMHC New York Tri-State Area. "We are incredibly proud to offer 16 generous college scholarships this year to help these promising young students achieve their dreams of obtaining a higher education."
The program received submissions from more than 390 students this year. The 16 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. For the first time in the scholarship's history, two of this year's winners were fraternal twins chosen unknowingly by separate committee members all throughout the selection process.
The awards luncheon featured Katiria Soto, news anchor for Noticias Univision 41 as the master of ceremony and Odalys Molina from Telemundo 47 as the motivational speaker who spoke to the students about overcoming obstacles and the importance of persistence in the face of adversity. During the luncheon, guests were treated to a private performance by "Abigail," up-and-coming Hispanic performer, and interacted with Ronald McDonald himself. Event attendees included scholarship winners and their families, selection committee members, representatives from RMHC and McDonald's Corporate, local McDonald's Owners, and members of the local press. After the ceremony concluded, guests were taken on a private tour of Yankee Stadium, including a stop at Monument Park and New York Yankees Museum.
2017 RMHC/HACER scholarship winners
Jamiles Jimenez, Queens College, Computer Science Education, Yonkers, NY, $40,000
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