LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As students prepare to navigate the college application process, parents are turning their focus towards the cost and affordability of higher education. According to a 2014 study commissioned by Citizens Bank that explored the feelings and beliefs of students and parents with respect to student loans, 94 percent of parents said they feel an increased financial burden from their child's college debt. What's more alarming is the fact that 45 percent said they do not have a plan to pay for that debt1. To help alleviate the heavy burden of paying for college, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southern California will award $233,000 in scholarship funds to deserving high school seniors who reside in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The 2016/2017 online application is open now through January 18, 2017 and interested students should visit www.rmhcsc.org/scholarships for eligibility and to apply.
"In today's world, a college degree is a necessity, but the cost of chasing those higher education dreams can seem overwhelming to families," said Vince Bryson, CEO, RMHC of Southern California. "Since 1990, we have committed millions to helping Southland families ease their financial worries so students can focus on all the opportunities that a higher education affords."
This year the Chapter will award 85 scholarships through its four programs including: 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 toward tuition, fees and other appropriate educational expenses. To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be currently-enrolled high school seniors who are eligible to attend a two- or four-year postsecondary institution following graduation. They must be a legal U.S. resident, be less than 21 years of age, have a minimum 2.7 grade point average and reside within Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
Since 1990, RMHC of Southern California has awarded more than $5.5 million in scholarship funds to local students to help make their college education dreams a reality. Funding for the scholarships is made possible through the global and Southern California chapters of RMHC and the fundraising efforts of local McDonald's owner/operators and corporate staff. The McDonald's Operators' Association of Southern California (MOASC) pays for all administrative costs of the scholarship.
RMHC of Southern California has been providing comfort, care and support to thousands of children and families across Southern California for more than 35 years. Through core programs like Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room, the Chapter creates a community where children and their families can embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California
For more than 35 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California (RMHCSC) has been dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and families across Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. RMHCSC helps families with critically-ill children stay together, connecting them with others facing similar challenges through its six Ronald McDonald Houses® in Bakersfield, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®. One of the few chapters to operate a cost-free, medically supervised Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times®, RMHCSC helps children with cancer and their siblings rediscover childhood and develop the self-esteem and self-efficacy often lost as a result of the disease. The organization also provides funding through its Community Grants Board to deserving non-profits that improve the lives of children and funds four college scholarship programs that help exemplary high school students pursue the education of their dreams. More information about RMHCSC and its programs can be found at www.rmhcsc.org or on www.Facebook.com/RMHCSoCal and www.Twitter.com/RMHC_SoCal .
1 "Informed™ The Student Loan Landscape" 2014 Citizens Financial Group Inc. https://www.citizensbank.com/images/erl-social/ctz_INFORMED_Index_Report.pdf
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SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California