LOS ANGELES—Applications for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)/Asian Pacific American Students Increasing Achievement (ASIA) scholarship program are now available to currently-enrolled high school seniors of Asian descent who are eligible to attend a two- or four-year postsecondary institution following graduation. Twenty-one scholarships worth $2,000 each will be awarded to deserving high school seniors who reside in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Additionally, scholarship recipients will be awarded a $500 honorarium to donate to the community-based organization of their choice. The 2013 online application period will be open until Dec. 20, 2012, and interested students should visit https://aim.applyists.net/RMHC to apply.
To be eligible, students must be less than 21 years of age, have maintained a minimum 2.7 grade point average and have at least one parent of Asian Pacific heritage. They must have demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to give back to their community. Scholarship funds will be applied toward tuition, fees and other appropriate educational expenses, as determined by RMHC. Recipients will be selected by an advisory board consisting of educators, community and civic leaders.
“Over the years, the RMHC/ASIA scholarship program has helped promising Asian American students achieve their full potential and reach their educational goals,” said Chris Ishida, local McDonald’s owner/operator and scholarship program chair. “We proudly continue supporting our youth to help them become our leaders of tomorrow, and positive contributors to our communities.”
Since 1990, RMHC of Southern California has awarded more than $4.1 million in scholarship funds to local students to help make their college education dreams a reality. Funding for the scholarships is made possible through the global and Southern California chapters of RMHC and the fundraising efforts of local McDonald’s owner/operators and corporate staff. The McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California pays for administrative costs of the scholarship programs including the production and distribution of applications and a recipient recognition event, which will be held on May 18, 2013.
For more than 30 years, RMHC of Southern California has been committed to providing comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California. RMHC of Southern California is dedicated to creating a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy by operating five Ronald McDonald Houses, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and a Community Grants Board.