ISELIN, N.J., Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) will award scholarships to five deserving high school graduates to provide assistance for college tuition. In total, the RMHC-NYTSA program has awarded over $765,000 in scholarships to area students, reinforcing RMHC's commitment to advancing education and supporting young people in our communities. 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, then $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 2011-2012 winners are exemplary students and citizens from throughout the New York Tri-State area, including:
- Brian Nyarko (Mount Vernon, New York) will attend Manhattan College
- Elizabeth Davis (Point Pleasant, New Jersey) will attend The College of New Jersey
- Fahmida Ali (Brooklyn, New York) will attend The City College of New York
- Jia Li Shi (Brooklyn, New York) will attend Lafayette College
- Mariam Bhatti (Ozone Park, New York) will attend Syracuse University
"It is a true honor to help pave the way for such a remarkable group of students who embody what it means to be a Ronald McDonald House Charity Scholarship recipient," said Diane Koury, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area and local franchisee. "Their intelligence, passion and motivation to succeed will allow them to achieve their goals and undoubtedly make this world a better place."
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 its 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. Since 1985, more than $44 million in scholarships have been awarded by U.S. Chapters and RMHC Global.
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 732.623.8549.
SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area