Go To http://www.mcdonaldsnymetro.com for Information on More than $425,000 in Scholarships for New York Tri-State Students

Download an Application for the Arching into Education(TM) Scholarship Program

on McDonald's New York Tri-State Web Site

Jan 20, 2000, 00:00 ET from New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Area McDonald's Restaurants

    VALLEY STREAM, N.Y., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Tri-State students
 looking for money for college can go to http://www.mcdonaldsnymetro.com for
 information and an application for the Arching Into Education(TM) and
 RMHC(R)/HACER(R) Scholarship Programs.  New York Tri-State McDonald's
 Restaurant Owners and Ronald McDonald House Charities are making available
 more than $425,000 in scholarships to local high school students through both
 programs.  Applications are available January 12, 2000 on
 http://www.mcdonaldsnymetro.com.  The deadline is March 1, 2000.
     According to the U.S. Department of Education, more students are using the
 Internet during their college search and selection process.
     "The web is a wondrous resource for Americans thinking about college,"
 said Richard W. Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education.  "Searching the web allows
 young people to take a first look at many college choices.  The important
 thing, however, is to think college early, to take the right courses in high
 school that prepare you for college and give you the opportunity to gain a
 scholarship as well."
     Whether through a home, school or library computer, there is a wealth of
 college financial aid information also available on the Internet.  Search
 engines give students access to several scholarships and more organizations
 and local businesses are posting scholarship opportunities on-line.  Families
 can even apply for federal aid on-line through fafsa.ed.gov or find advice to
 get children ready for college on pfie.ed.gov.  Through
 http://www.mcdonaldsnymetro.com, students can find information and download an
 application for the Arching Into Education Scholarship Program which offers
 four scholarship opportunities to help local students go to college.
     -- McDonald's(R) Golden Arches(R) Scholarships or McDonald's(R) African
        American Heritage Scholarships are available for New York Tri-State
        high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education.
     -- McDonald's(R) United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Tri-State Scholarships
        are available to eligible Tri-State students planning to attend a UNCF
     -- McDonald's(R) GospelFest(R) Music Scholarships are available to local
        students planning to pursue an education in music.
     Information about the RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program, which offers
 scholarships to Hispanic Tri-State high school seniors, is also available on
     Since the program's inception in the New York Tri-State area, RMHC/HACER
 has awarded $1 million in scholarships to over 600 local students.
     Also posted on the McDonald's New York Tri-State web site is information
 about $40,000 in grants that the Black McDonald's Owner/Operator Association
 (BMOA) is making available to African American students in the New York
 Tri-State area.
     As part of local McDonald's Restaurants commitment to its employees, a
 minimum of twenty percent of all scholarships will be set aside for New York
 Tri-State McDonald's restaurant employees.
     All Arching Into Education and RMHC/HACER scholarship recipients will be
 selected by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Citizens'
 Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc. (CSFA).  CFSA is an independent,
 national non-profit educational support and student aid service organization.
     The Arching Into Education Program, now in its second year, is one of many
 education initiatives of New York Tri-State McDonald's Owners and Operators.
 Other McDonald's community education programs include bike helmet safety, fire
 safety and reading programs for young children.
     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 175 owners and operators, located throughout the New York, New Jersey and
 Connecticut Tri-State area.  Visit http://www.mcdonaldsnymetro.com for more
 information on other McDonald's New York Tri-State programs.

SOURCE New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Area McDonald's Restaurants