PHILADELPHIA, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of the Philadelphia Region and McDonald's Owner/Operators of the Greater Philadelphia Region, Inc., are pleased to award 55 high school seniors from across the greater Philadelphia region with college scholarships. The students were selected from hundreds of applicants for their academic achievements, leadership accomplishments, and demonstrated commitment to giving back to their community. In total, $131,000 in scholarships has been awarded.
The 55 college scholarships were awarded through the following programs:
- RMHC®/African American Future Achievers program for African American high school seniors
- RMHC®/Asian Students Increasing Achievement (ASIA) program for Asian and Pacific Islander high school seniors
- RMHC®/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources® (HACER®) program for Latino high school seniors
- RMHC® Scholars program for all interested applicants, regardless of ethnicity.
"The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities has always been to support children and families, and through our scholarship program we're able to continue supporting children as they enter adulthood and pursue their passion," said Bill Roberson, President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. "We are so proud to recognize the accomplishments of this year's incredible scholarship class, and to help them achieve higher education so that they may continue to grow into strong community leaders."
A panel of judges including local officials, community businessmen and women, representatives from colleges and universities, and representatives of the McDonald's and RMHC families review the applications and select each year's scholarship recipients. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, community involvement, financial need and plans to attend a two- or four-year college during the next academic year. For a list of winners, click here.
About RMHC of the Philadelphia Region
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, Inc., grants thousands of dollars per year to support local non-profit programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. In addition, RMHC supports four scholarship programs for high school seniors; the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses; the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, operated by St. Christopher's Foundation for Children; and 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in area hospitals. The charity receives its support from McDonald's Corporation, McDonald's Owner/Operators, corporate donors and McDonald's customers. For more information, visit www.rmhcphilly.org.
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*Additional individual student information available upon request. To speak with a winner or McDonald's representatives, please contact Tom Cristino at (856) 392-1512.
SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, Inc.