San Diego County McDonald’s® Awards $32,000 In Scholarships To Outstanding High School Students

16 Local Students of Hispanic Descent Will Receive $2,000 each Toward College Education
SAN DIEGO – May 26, 2016 – Continuing its long-term commitment to supporting local students in their pursuit for education, San Diego County McDonald’s is awarding 16 local high school students with $2,000 each toward college expenses thanks to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC)/Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources (HACER) scholarship.

The RMHC®/HACER program is supported by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, The McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California, and the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of San Diego. The program’s goal is to honor outstanding high school seniors of Hispanic descent with strong academic performance, who personally give back to their community and have a strong determination to excel in their studies. A panel of local judges, including educators, and McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House representatives, evaluate each application based on academic achievement, financial need, personal successes and community involvement.

“We truly believe in giving back to our community, which is why each year we put a great deal of time and dedication to this initiative,” said Christian Sandoval, RMHC/HACER San Diego scholarship chair and San Diego McDonald’s owner/operator. “Each of this year’s scholarship recipients have excelled in multiple aspects of their lives and their inspiring stories fuel our commitment to education and empowering the next generation of community leaders.”

This year’s recipients are:

  • Maria Alvarez, Monarch School
  • Diana Amador, Sweetwater Union High School
  • Alberto De La Cruz Rivera, Morse High School
  • Alondra Diaz, San Dieguito Academy High School
  • Laura Garcia, James Madison High School
  • Christina Gaspar, El Camino High School
  • Lucerito Lopez, High Tech High North County
  • Melissa Lopez, Valley Center High School
  • Santos Perez, Crawford High School
  • Liliana Ramirez, Mission Hills High School
  • Ashley Romo, Fallbrook Union High School
  • Johnny Salas, University City High School
  • Jessica Torres, Southwest High School
  • Bogart Vargas, San Dieguito Academy High School
  • Madilyn Yeomans, Point Loma High School
  • Luz Zobell, Mission Hills High School

Nationwide, the RMHC/HACER scholarship is one of the largest college scholarship programs for Hispanic students. Beginning in 1985, more than 16,000 Hispanic students throughout the nation have been awarded more that $25 million in grants to support their college education.

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