OAK BROOK, Ill., -- McDonald's announced today it is working with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) for the third consecutive year to conduct a series of workshops designed to help encourage greater Hispanic college enrollment. The free, bilingual workshops will provide parents and students with extensive information regarding the college application process, including financial aid and how to apply for scholarships.
"We understand how challenging the college application process can be and we want students and parents to know we are here to help," said Cristina Vilella, Director of Marketing, McDonald's USA. "These workshops offer the necessary tools and information needed to make that college dream a reality, and it is also a great way for students and their parents to become aware of all the available resources out there for them, such as the RMHC(R)/HACER(R) Scholarship Program."
The workshop series dates and locations are:
- September 19, 2009: Central High School, Phoenix, AZ
- September 23, 2009: Lincoln High School, Denver, CO
- September 26, 2009: Centennial High School, Roswell, GA
- October 3, 2009: Chavez High School, Houston, TX
- October 7, 2009: Millbrook High School, Raleigh, NC
- October 8, 2009: East High School, Kansas City, MO
- October 14, 2009: Edison High School, Philadelphia, PA
- October 17, 2009: Waukegan High School, Waukegan, IL
- October 19, 2009: Thomas Jefferson High School, Dallas, TX
- November 17, 2009: Azusa High School, Azusa, CA
"Many of these children will be the first in their families to go to college," said Frank D. Alvarez, HSF President & CEO. "Our goal is to provide parents and students with the essential tools to help guide them through the college admission and financial aid process."
The workshops will introduce students and parents to scholarship programs such as RMHC/HACER, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) and its local U.S. chapters. Launched in 1985, RMHC/HACER is one of the largest educational scholarship programs in the country, having provided more than $19.1 million in scholarships to nearly 13,000 students since its inception. In the latest expansion of the program, four RMHC/HACER national scholarships of $100,000 each were awarded to deserving high school graduates this year. This is the second consecutive year that the RMHC/HACER national scholarships are awarded.
More information regarding RMHC/HACER and the college workshops can be found at www.MeEncanta.com.
McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. For more information on McDonald's visitwww.mcdonalds.com or log on at any of the 10,000 Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants.
Ronald McDonald House Charities(R), a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its three core programs, Ronald McDonald House(R), Ronald McDonald Family Room(R), and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(R) program, RMHC is making a global impact on the most pressing problems facing children today. RMHC and its network of local U.S. Chapters also provide scholarships for high school seniors who want to continue their education. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities visit www.rmhc.org
About Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. In its 34 year history, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded close to $280M in scholarships to more than 90,000 students in need. Two-thirds of these students were the first in their families to go to college.
For the 2009-2010 academic year, 4,600 college bound Hispanic students will be awarded scholarships worth $28M. HSF scholars are high achievers and they have or are attending more than 2,000 of the nation's diverse and academically rigorous colleges and universities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Please visit: www.HSF.net
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