Oceanside CA— Continuing its long-term commitment to supporting local students in their pursuit for education, San Diego County McDonald’s is awarding local high school senior Christina Gaspar of El Camino High School with $2,000 toward college expenses, thanks to the Ronald McDonald House Charities®/Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources (HACER) scholarship.
The RMHC®/HACER program is supported by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, The McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California, and the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of San Diego. The goal of this program is to honor outstanding high school seniors of Hispanic descent with strong academic performance, who personally give back to their community and have a strong determination to excel in their studies.
“We truly believe in giving back to our community, which is why each year we put a great deal of time and dedication to this initiative,” said Christian Sandoval, RMHC/HACER San Diego scholarship chair and San Diego McDonald’s owner/operator. “Each of this year’s scholarship recipients have excelled in multiple aspects of their lives and their inspiring stories fuel our commitment to education and empowering the next generation of community leaders.”
This year’s local scholarship recipients were selected by a panel of judges including local educators and McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House representatives who evaluated each application based on academic achievement, financial need, personal successes and community involvement. Every application was carefully reviewed and although each of them was very commendable, Gaspar was among the total of 16 students whose applications stood out and were selected this year’s recipients.
Nationwide, the RMHC/HACER scholarship is one of the largest college scholarship programs for Hispanic students. Beginning in 1985, more than 16,000 Hispanic students throughout the nation have been awarded more that $25 million in grants to support their college education.
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