2017 San Diego County RMHC®/HACER® Scholarship Awards $20,000 In Scholarships To Outstanding High School Seniors

10 Local Students of Hispanic Descent Will Receive $2,000 Each Toward College Education

logo-hacerSAN DIEGO – June 19, 2017 – Continuing a long-standing commitment to education and investment in future leaders, the San Diego County Ronald McDonald House Charities®/HACER® Scholarship Program proudly presents 10 local high school students of Hispanic descent with $2,000 each to pursue their dreams of higher education.

The program recognizes local high school seniors of Hispanic descent who demonstrate academic excellence, strong community involvement, personal success and a desire to give back to their communities. This year’s record number of applicants were carefully reviewed by a panel of local judges comprised of community members, and McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House and education representatives.

“Each year, we continue to be amazed by the high levels of academic excellence, personal determination and leadership that our applicants have demonstrated from the early stages of their academic careers,” said Christian Sandoval, San Diego County RMHC/HACER Scholarship Chair and a San Diego McDonald’s owner/operator. “It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to help our local outstanding students achieve their goals and positively impact our community.”

This year’s recipients are:

  • Claudia Bobadilla – Bonita Vista Senior High
  • Jonathan Bojorquez – Helix High School
  • Ariana Diaz-Rauda – El Camino High School
  • Dariela Herrada – Sweetwater High School
  • Sophia Kazmierowicz – Canyon Crest Academy
  • Brandon Palacios – Vista High School
  • Jacqueline Puga – Chula Vista Senior High
  • Kate Sequeira – San Dieguito High Academy
  • Leslie Torres – Hoover High School
  • Lizbeth Villar-Aguirre – Otay Ranch Senior High

Every year, RMHC of Southern California works diligently to raise funds to provide scholarships for local high school students. The goal of the RMHC U.S. Scholarship Program is to provide resources to students who need financial assistance to attend college. Since 1985, more than 31,000 students across the U.S. have received more than $59 million in scholarships.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego
Founded in 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a “home away from home,” which keeps families close to one another and the care they need while their child is being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House was specifically designed to provide the necessities of home – including 47 bedrooms, a kitchen and a children’s play area – to help strengthen families and bolster their psychological well-being during difficult times regardless of their situation or ability to pay. The Ronald McDonald House creates an emotional and physical sanctuary for nearly 15,000 family members each year. To learn more, visit rmhcsd.org.

About San Diego County McDonald’s
San Diego County McDonald’s is comprised of more than 100 franchised and company-owned McDonald’s restaurants throughout the county. Learn more at SDMcDonalds.com, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For local offers, visit MyMcCafeSD.com or download the McDonald’s app at McDonalds.com/App.