SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RMHC® of the Bay Area today announced the names of the 205 students across the Greater Bay Area chosen as the recipients of its 2016 – 2017 RMHC Scholars program which awards scholarships for students to pursue college educations. Of the 205 recipients, 108 are past winners and have been granted the scholarship again to aid in continuing their education.
In addition, to recognize the community service of scholarship recipients, the Charity will present community organizations with $1,000 grants. RMHC Scholars worked with recipient organizations to help improve their community.
RMHC of the Bay Area has awarded over $2.2 million in scholarships to more than 1,900 students since the program began in 2002. Scholarship recipients are invited to re-apply for the scholarship every year they are in college. The funding for the scholarship program is provided by McDonald's® Bay Area restaurant owners, McDonald's customers and other regional business and community organizations.
RMHC of the Bay Area and each winner's school will honor the educational achievements of the scholarship awardees during a ceremony at the South San Francisco Conference Center on May 23.
"Scholarships provide an opportunity for students to pursue their dreams of a higher education. The RMHC Scholars program directly benefits those who not only have exceptional academic standings and a commitment to community service, but are in need of financial assistance," said Wai-Ling Eng, chair of the RMHC Bay Area Scholarship Committee and a McDonald's owner/operator. "The Charity is proud to expand our impact and celebrate the accomplishments of the students by providing grants to other non-profit organizations that provide much needed services to our community."
RMHC of the Bay Area's mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. In addition to the RMHC Scholars program, the Charity helps keep families close to each other and the care they need by supporting three Ronald McDonald Houses and two Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles that serve the greater Bay Area. RMHC programs in the Bay Area serve 4,048 children and their families each year.
About Ronald McDonald House of the Bay Area
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of the Bay Area, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. RMHC of the Bay Area provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy through the support of the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco; the Ronald McDonald House at Mission Bay; the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford; two Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles serving Santa Clara County and Contra Costa County and the RMHC Scholarship program. All RMHC-supported programs enable family-centered care and provide a bridge to accessible health care and give children and families the time they need together to cope better during difficult times. For more information, visit www.rmhcbayarea.org, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC), or like RMHC on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).
About Greater Bay Area McDonald's Restaurants
The Greater Bay Area McDonald's Cooperative is comprised of individuals who own and operate McDonald's restaurants in the 15-county Bay Area region. Local McDonald's owner/operators are committed to their communities and supporting children and families through its support of RMHC. McDonald's owner/ operators host fundraisers, provide financial support and volunteer on local RMHC and Ronald McDonald House Chapter boards. Follow McDonald's of the Greater Bay Area on Twitter @McD_BayArea for up-to- date information, announcements and prize giveaways.
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SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area