ROSELAND, N.J., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) is awarding over $500,000 in scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. Students in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Fairfield County) Tri-State area can either download an application at www.rmhc.org or request one from their local McDonald's restaurant. The submission deadline is February 15, 2008. "The Ronald McDonald House scholarship program is a part of our ongoing commitment to support eligible graduating high school seniors who face limited access to educational and career opportunities," stated Gerald McCoy, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area. "It is our goal to make the dream of a college education a reality for all students who may not otherwise attend college." The RMHC Scholarship Program is comprised of four individual scholarship programs:
-- RMHC/ASIA- Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian/Pacific- Islander heritage -- RMHC African American Future Achievers Scholarship- applicant must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage -- RMHC/HACER- Applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage -- RMHC Scholars- All students may apply regardless of ethnic heritage. Asian, African American and Hispanic students are welcome to apply for the RMHC Scholars program provided they have not applied for one of the three scholarship programs listed above When completing the application, students should indicate the scholarship program they are applying for with an "X." Students who have difficulty applying online can call the RMHC Scholarship hotline at 866-851-3994 or ask their guidance counselor for assistance. Awards are selected based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. Additional selection criteria may be specified by the respective participating local RMHC Chapter based on strategic goals and community needs. RMHC began its support of scholarship programs in 1985, by committing $50,000 toward the first scholarships awarded through the Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (HACER) program. In 2001, the RMHC/ASIA (Asian Students Increasing Achievement) and RMHC African American Future Achievers Scholarships began. To date, RMHC National has awarded more than $29 million to help high school seniors attend college. About Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area is working to better the lives of children and their families in our communities, by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the areas of health, education, the arts, and civic and social services. Since 1992, RMHC-NYTSA has provided more than $10 million dollars to local non-profit organizations whose programs improve the well-being of children and their families. For further information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit www.rmhcnynj.org or call 973.287.1476.
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