$1,000 College Scholarships Available to Region’s Top African American and Latino Students

PHILADELPHIA, McDonald’s Restaurants of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Kent and New Castle Counties, Delaware are searching for qualified applicants to enter the following $1,000 scholarship competitions:

— Ronald McDonald House Charities/African American Future Achievers, which awards $1,000 to up to 20 African American high school seniors (deadline January 10, 2005)
— Ronald McDonald House Charities/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (RMHC/HACER), which awards $1,000 to up to 20 Latino high school seniors (deadline February 15, 2005)

Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement and financial need. To be eligible, students must reside or attend school in the following counties in Pennsylvania: Berks, Bucks, Chester,
Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia; New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monroe, Salem; or Delaware: Kent and New Castle. Also eligible are high school students from Phillipsburg, New Jersey. To obtain an application, students should contact their high school guidance counselors; or call 215/790-4320.

“Partnering with the African American and Latino communities to support the academic goals of our youth is a source of great pride for both RMHC and McDonald’s,” said Mike Anton, President of the Greater Philadelphia Region RMHC Chapter. “We view these scholarship programs as an investment in the future of not only our individual winners, but also of their communities.”

RMHC/Future Achievers
In 2004, the RMHC/Future Achievers program awarded a total of $20,000 in college scholarships to 20 outstanding students who are now pursuing their academic dreams. McDonald’s also recognized the winners with an awards celebration during Black History Month (February) where the students were addressed by Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street and music legend Kenny Gamble, who was also honored by McDonald’s as the Anthony De Luz Black History Maker
of Today for his philanthropy and accomplishments in the field of music.

The mission of RMHC/Future Achievers is to impact the lives of young people in the African American community by recognizing their accomplishments, their potential and their commitment to serve the community. RMHC/Future Achievers is a national scholarship program, which was introduced to local RMHC chapters during the 2001-2002 academic year. Last year, RMHC awarded nearly $1.1 million in scholarships to students beginning college this fall.
In the Greater Philadelphia Region, $23,000 in scholarships has been awarded since the program’s inception in the 2002-2003 school year. Prior to offering the RMHC/Future Achievers scholarship, McDonald’s awarded 15, $1,000 scholarships to African American juniors through the Black History Makers of Tomorrow scholarship competition.

In 2004, the RMHC/HACER program awarded a total of 20 scholarships to talented Latinos throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region. The winners were recognized at an awards celebration attended by their families, members of the McDonald’s community and key Latino leaders. The event featured live, cultural entertainment; dining; and award presentations.

The RMHC/HACER scholarship program was established in 1985 through the combined efforts of RMHC, McDonald’s Owner/Operators and McDonald’s Corporation to provide financial support to Latino students committed to pursuing higher education. Through the continued support of McDonald’s Owner/Operators and RMHC, RMHC/HACER has become nationally recognized as the United States’ largest Latino-focused high school-to-college scholarship program, operating in 45 cities in the United States. In the Greater
Philadelphia Region, $126,000 in scholarships has been awarded since 1995.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Greater Philadelphia Region is dedicated to supporting programs that improve the lives of children and families. In addition to the Future Achievers and HACER scholarship programs, Ronald McDonald House Charities “lifts children to a better tomorrow” by supporting the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses, as well as the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Ronald McDonald Care Mobile; and by making grants to non-profit children’s organizations.

McDonald’s is the world’s leading foodservice retailer with more than 30,000 McDonald’s restaurants serving 47 million customers each day in more than 120 countries. More than 70 percent of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and businesswomen.

There are more than 300 McDonald’s restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia Region, which includes Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware, that proudly support the RMHC/Future Achievers and RMHC/HACER scholarship programs.

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