College scholarships available to Local Latino High School Seniors

Ronald McDonald House Charities®(RMHC®) /Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources® (HACER®) Scholarship Program to Award Two $5,000 Scholarships and Thirteen $1,000 Scholarships


PHILADELPHIA (December 5, 2011) – Ronald McDonald House Charities and the McDonald’s® Owner/Operators of the Greater Philadelphia Region are seeking qualified applicants to apply for the RMHC/HACER scholarship program for Latino high school seniors.

The HACER program will award fifteen (15) total scholarships, two (2) at $5,000 and thirteen (13) at $1,000, to eligible Latino students throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Applicants will be asked to submit a high school transcript, a letter of recommendation and a personal statement detailing their background and community involvement. Applications are available in high school guidance offices and must be completed and postmarked by no later than January 27, 2012. To download an application, visit, or for more information, please call (215) 790-4320.

“RMHC and McDonald’s are proud to partner with the Latino community to support higher education among our youth,” said local McDonald’s Owner/Operator Frank Franco. “We view these scholarship programs as an opportunity for them to achieve their academic dreams and as an investment in their future.”

Students who apply for the RMHC/HACER Scholarship will automatically be considered for one of four RMHC/HACER National Scholarships awarded through the support of the McDonald’s Hispanic Operators Association. These students will be eligible to receive $100,000 payable over four years ($25,000 per year), provided that the student can provide verification of enrollment each year at an accredited institution providing post-secondary education.

Last year, the program awarded a total of $23,000 in college scholarships to 15 outstanding students, who are now pursuing their dreams of attending college. (List of winners and colleges attended attached.)

Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. In addition to the scholarship programs, RMHC of the Philadelphia Region supports four Ronald McDonald Houses; the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile operated by St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, and non-profit organizations benefiting children through grants. For more information, visit