LOS ANGELES -- Today, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California (RMHCSC) awarded 94 accomplished college-bound seniors scholarship funds totaling $288,000 during a celebratory event at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The scholarships and medals were awarded during a recognition ceremony where recipients were honored and commended by their families, school counselors, RMHCSC representatives, and Southern California McDonald's® owners and operators. Chris Pan, founder of myintent.org gave an inspiring keynote message before the celebrations ended with photos and well wishes.
Since 1990, RMHCSC has awarded more than $5 million in total scholarship funds to Southern California high school students. Funding for these scholarships is made possible through the fundraising efforts of local McDonald's owner/operators and corporate staff. The McDonald's Operators' Association of Southern California (MOASC) pays for administrative costs of the scholarship programs, including the production and distribution of applications and the recipient recognition event.
The chapter provides scholarships through four programs each year: RMHC® African American Future Achievers, RMHC Asian Pacific American Students Increasing Achievement (ASIA), RMHC Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (HACER) and RMHC Scholars. Scholarship funds can be applied to tuition, fees and other appropriate educational expenses. Applicants are selected because of their academic achievement, community involvement and recommendations from teachers, counselors and community leaders.
"The scholarship luncheon is a great opportunity to recognize our scholarship recipients for their hard work in front of their friends, family and McDonald's franchisees," said Vince Bryson, CEO, RMHCSC. "We are committed to providing opportunities and resources that strengthen families and are inspired by what these students have accomplished and are looking to achieve."
Recipients of RMHCSC scholarships are selected through a rigorous application process and represent the highest caliber students in the five counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. These scholarships give the recipients an opportunity to pursue their education goals and help ease some of the collegiate financial burden. Interested applicants can begin the process for 2016 scholarships in October, 2015.