ROSELAND, N.J., Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC®-NYTSA) is awarding over $665,000 in scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. Applications are now available online at www.rmhc.org for students in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Fairfield County) areas. The submission deadline is January 27, 2012.
RMHC-NYTSA and its local Chapters have been able to transform the lives of financially dependent graduating high school students who cannot afford the cost of a college education. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) strives to offer students the chance to fulfill their educational goals and aspirations to become the future leaders of tomorrow. The scholarships are distributed based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and community involvement.
"We aim to provide the brightest minds of tomorrow access to funding and the opportunity to reach their career goals and aspirations," said Diane Koury, President of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area. "This year as part of our ongoing commitment to high school seniors, the application has moved exclusively online to streamline the process and allow students to effectively communicate and collaborate with their grantees."
The RMHC-NYSTA Scholarship program is composed of:
- RMHC®/AAFA - African American Future Achievers Scholarship- Applicant must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage
- RMHC®/ASIA - Asian Student Increasing Awareness Scholarship- Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian/Pacific-Islander 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
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 Awareness) and RMHC/AAFA (African American Future Achievers Scholarships) began. By 2007, the U.S. RMHC Scholarship Program had awarded more than $29 million in scholarships. To date, RMHC National has awarded more than $44 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 New York Tri-State Area, visit www.rmhcnewyorktri-state.org or follow us at @McDNYTriState or call 973.287.1476.
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SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area