McDonalds gives customers fliers on Latino college scholarships, DREAM Act?

A San Diego McDonald’s® has been handing out college scholarship information fliers published in English/Spanish for Latino customers informing them of the scholarship opportunities for Hispanics the Golden Arches offer each year.

The RMHC/HACER division of McDonald’s® is a scholarship program directed towards Hispanic students. The website indicates that more than 14,000 Latinos have been awarded scholarships, assisting in Hispanic students’ quest to obtain a college degree.

This well-know program offers money to be used for college and is geared specifically towards those with a Latino background. This program also debunks a myth that Hispanic students have no resources for college if they come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The scholarship program has been helping Latinos achieve a college education since 1985, and the king of the Happy Meals has awarded more than $20 million in scholarships to Hispanic students.

The college scholarships start at $1,000 and four students are awarded $100,000 each year to earn their college degree. The company says students are chosen based on their academic achievement, financial need and community involvement.

According to McDonalds, the applicant must be a legal U.S. resident, a high school senior, have one Latino parent and be eligible to enroll a higher education college or a vocational/technical school.

The program was enacted by a former educator and McDonald’s® franchisee Richard Castro from Texas. Castro was aware of a number of Hispanic students who dropped out of high school across the country and wanted to turn the students around. It was this fact and his commitment to give back, that created the McDonalds’ scholarship program which serves as encouragement for young Latinos to complete high school and continue their higher education.

According to McDonald’s® website prospective students must fulfill these eligibility requirements

* Be a graduating high school senior.
* Be a legal U.S. resident.
* Be less than 21 years of age.
* Carry a minimum 2.7 GPA.
* Be eligible to enroll and attend an institution of higher education or a vocational/technical school.
* Disclose other scholarship programs for which he/she has applied.
* Plan to enroll at an accredited post-secondary education institution during the academic year following their graduation.
* Complete and submit a scholarship application either by mail or online, and send required supporting materials and documentation to ISTS no later than January 28, 2011.
* Have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage.
* Be willing to provide additional verification of all information in scholarship application, upon request.

Moving forward it is unclear if the DREAM Act legislation would interfere with the Golden Arches scholarship program.

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