HACER Scholarship is offered by a partnership between the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research, the Ronald McDonald House Charities and McDonald’s Corporation. Since 1985, the RMHC/HACER program has provided over $22 million in college funding to over 15,000 Hispanic students. It was inspired by former educator and McDonald’s franchisee Richard Castro who spearheaded the initial effort within the company to create the scholarship initiative.
These scholarships give four upcoming high school graduates a free ride to a college education with $100,000 to be used over four years. There are many, many local scholarships which start at $1,000 each offered in the competition as well. HACER does require that you have at least one parent who is of Hispanic heritage to apply. You must be a high school senior with a 2.7 minimum GPA. You must be under the age of 21 and also a legal resident of the United States. You must be eligible for and plan to enroll in an accredited institution this upcoming school year.
Applications are handled online through this website. Supporting materials must be sent in by mail to accompany the online application. There is a postmarked deadline of December 20 on additional materials. These will include a high school transcript, a personal essay, a letter of recommendation and a 1040 tax form. Expect to demonstrate your academic achievement, financial need, involvement in your local community and discuss your positives in your personal essay. For more information about the HACER scholarship, consult this how to apply FAQ.
McDonald’s also offers many other grants and scholarships through numerous programs which we recently covered here at Grants Guys. For a full look at what Ronald McDonald House Charities and McDonald’s Corporation do in their philanthropic endeavours, including grants for worldwide children’s programs, United States scholarships and local school education grants, check out my full article on McDonald’s grants.