December 19, 2000

New York Tri-State Hispanic students looking for money to go to college this fall can turn to their local McDonald's Restaurant for help. With support from, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State McDonald's Restaurant Owners/Operators the Ronald McDonald House Charities®/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources® scholarship program offers $300,000 in scholarships to local high school students. The RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors of Hispanic heritage who want to attend a college or university. The application period is open through February 1, 2001.

Applications are available at high school guidance counselor departments and participating McDonald's restaurants or through the following web sites:

http://www.mcdonaldsnymetro.com

http://www.rmhc.org

http://www.fastweb.com.

RMHC/HACER has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to over 600 Hispanic students since the program's inception in 1990, in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State area.

This year RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program offers three scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students. One (1) $20,000 Rafael Pineda "Teacher's Excellence Award"; Three (3) $10,000 "Valedictorian Awards"; or Fifty (50) $5,000 "Academic Awards. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and community involvement.
McDonald's is the world's best-known brand and is the global leader in food service. There are more than 600 McDonald's Restaurants, owned by more than 160 owners and operators, located throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State area.

Visit http://www.mcdonaldsnymetro.com or more information on other McDonald's New York Tri-State programs.

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