McDonald’s Recognizes First College Graduates from its National Scholarship Program
Photo: RMHC/HACER National Scholarship Recipients (McDonald's)
McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) honored the first college graduating class of RMHC/HACER National Scholarship recipients with a three-day celebratory event in Chicago, sponsored by McDonald’s, that culminated with a graduation ceremony on Thursday, August 16, at the Chicago Cultural Center.
The three members of the 2012 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship college graduating class are:
- Brian Campos, Brooklyn, N.Y. - Neurobiology major at Harvard University with citations in Mandarin and French
- Samuel Cruz, Union City, N.J. - International business major and biology minor at Ramapo College of New Jersey
- Maira Mercado, Moreno Valley, Calif. - Economics and history major at Claremont McKenna College
In addition, 13 students who received an RMHC/HACER National Scholarship from 2008-2012 and are currently pursuing college degrees at universities across the country – including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, Yale University, Princeton University, Baylor University, and the Washington University in St. Louis – joined the graduating class in Chicago to participate in the celebratory activities.
The RMHC/HACER National Scholarship Program has provided $1.9 million in scholarships for college-bound Hispanic students since 2008 and is an extension of the RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program founded in 1985 by McDonald’s Owner/Operator Richard Castro of El Paso, Texas, with the support of RMHC, McDonald’s Corporation, and local Hispanic McDonald’s owner/operators throughout the country. Castro, a former educator, established the program after noticing increasing school drop-out rates among Hispanic students due to financial difficulties.
The RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program provides awards ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 per student and is one of the country’s largest college scholarship programs for graduating Hispanic high school students. Applications for the 2013 scholarship program will be available on October 1, 2012.