LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California (RMHCSC), in partnership with Southern California McDonald's operators, is helping 85 of the Southland's brightest and most deserving high school seniors make their college dreams a reality this fall by awarding more than $233,000 in scholarships. Since 1990, RMHCSC has helped pave the way toward higher education for more than 3,400 exceptional Southern California students, providing more than $5.7 million in funds to help ease the financial burden of college tuition, fees and educational expenses. Selected from a pool of more than 1,400 applicants, the 2016-17 RMHCSC Scholarship Program recipients were recently recognized at a celebratory luncheon that took place at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Poornima Vijayashanker, engineer and founder of education company Femgineer, delivered the keynote address and Univision network's Fernanda Kelly served as master of ceremonies.
"This year's group of young scholars has truly inspired us with their extraordinary accomplishments and commitment to their community," said Vince Bryson, CEO, RMHCSC. "We're excited to see them achieve their educational dreams and are confident that their successes will motivate the next generation."
Every year, RMHCSC supports outstanding college-bound students across Southern California through four competitive RMHC scholarships: RMHC/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources, RMHC/African American Future Achievers, RMHC/Asian Pacific American Students Increasing Achievement, and RMHC/Scholars. Award recipients are selected through a rigorous application process based on a number of criteria including academic achievement, community involvement, leadership skills, letters of recommendation and financial need.
Funding is made possible through the fundraising efforts of more than 120 local McDonald's operators in Southern California, McDonald's corporate staff and the global and Southern California chapters of RMHC. Additionally, the McDonald's Operators' Association of Southern California (MOASC) pays for all administrative costs for managing the scholarship program.
Interested students can begin the 2018-19 application process in October 2017. For more information, please visit www.rmhcsc.org/scholarships.
About McDonald's of Southern California
McDonald's of Southern California is comprised of more than 600 franchised and company-owned McDonald's restaurants in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Learn more at http://changeisheremcdsocal.com/ and follow us on Instagram @mcdonalds_socal and Twitter @McDonalds_SoCal.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California
For 40 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC) has been dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and keeping families close in Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. RMHCSC helps families with critically-ill children stay together, connecting them with others facing similar challenges through its six Ronald McDonald Houses® in Bakersfield, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®. One of the few chapters to operate a cost-free, medically supervised Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times®, RMHCSC helps children with cancer and their siblings rediscover childhood and develop the self-esteem and self-efficacy often lost as a result of the disease. The organization also provides funding through its Community Grants Board to deserving non-profits that improve the lives of children and funds four college scholarship programs that help exemplary high school students pursue the education of their dreams. Learn about these programs and more at www.rmhcsc.org or on Facebook.com/RMHCSoCal, Twitter.com/RMHC_SoCal and Instagram/RMHC_SoCal.
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