ROSELAND, N.J., Sept. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) awards scholarships to five high school graduates to provide assistance for college tuition. In total, the program awards over $680,000 in scholarships, exemplifying the RMHC commitment to education. Each winner will receive a total of $17,000 over the course of their four-year college career. In the first year, each student will be awarded $5,000; the winners will each receive $4,000 per year for each of the remaining three years.
Recipients were selected based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. The 2010-2011 winners are exemplary students and citizens from throughout the New York Tri-State area, including:
- Chad Coviel (Newark, New Jersey) will attend Duke University
- Sabrina Hussain (Ozone Park, New York) will attend Pace University
- Samuel Kim (East Northport, New York) will attend Yale University
- Alexandra Lee (Harrington Park, New Jersey) will attend University of Pennsylvania
- Steven Peralta (New York, New York) will attend Cornell University
"In today's society, there is no greater power than that of education," said Diane Koury, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area and local franchisee. "Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area are devoted to helping ensure that our committed and accomplished high school students achieve their dreams and help us all build a bright future."
To be eligible for the scholarship awards, applicants had to be graduating high school seniors planning to attend a two or four-year college or university with a complete course of study. Applicants must be legal U.S. residents, less than 21-years-of-age and reside within the geographical boundaries of the participating Chapter. Through this program, RMHC offers graduating high school seniors from local communities the chance to apply for tuition assistance.
Students of all backgrounds were eligible to apply by submitting a scholarship application to one of the four scholarship programs available: the RMHC/Asian-Pacific Students Increasing Achievement Scholarship (RMHC/ASIA), RMHC/African American Future Achievers Scholarship (RMHC/AAFA), the RMHC/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (RMHC/H.A.C.E.R.) and the RMHC Scholars Scholarship (students of all ethnicities are eligible to apply).
RMHC began its support of scholarship programs in 1985 by committing $50,000 toward it's first scholarships, which were 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 (RMHC/AAFA) 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, civic and social issues. 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 of the New York Tri-State Area, please visit www.rmhcnewyorktri-state.org or call 973.287.1476.
SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area