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Twenty-one African American high school seniors received $2,000 college scholarships from Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southern California. These students were recently honored at a gala event hosted by the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California.
Kevin Audi from John W. North High School, Leondria Brown from St. Mary’s Academy, Lawrie Brunswick from Anaheim High School, Austin Davis from Newbury Park High School, Danella Debel from Etiwanda High School, Damion Delton from Barstow High School, Aaron Grey from El Toro High School, Adraneisha Hairston from Centennial High School, Ezinne Ihenachor from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, Jeffrey Jenkins from Pilgrim School, Diane Nelson from Chatsworth Senior High School, Emma Ogiemwanye from California Academy for Math and Science, Christopher Onwuka from Westchester High School, Memorie Samuel from Riverside Poly High School, Shayla Smith from Junipero Serra High School, Jonathan Spencer from William J. Pete Knight High School, Aden Tedla from John W. North High School, Ashley Terrell from California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Ariel Vinson from North Hollywood High School, Ayesha Wallace from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science and Emily Young from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science are among the 104 Southern California recipients selected to receive scholarships, which can be used towards tuition or expenses at the college or university of the students’ choice.
The college funds were awarded through four RMHC scholarship programs: RMHC/African American Future Achievers; RMHC/Asian Pacific American Students Increasing Achievement; RMHC/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources; and RMHC/Scholars.
“We’re excited to see so many young adults make a tremendous effort to work hard and stay motivated in order to pursue their dreams,” said Ti Chang, local McDonald’s owner/operator and president of McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California (MOASC). “I am proud to be a part of an organization that acknowledges the importance of higher education and helps improve the lives of our future leaders.”
Students were selected to receive an RMHC scholarship based on their grade point average, community involvement, letters of recommendation, and financial need.
Scholarships are jointly funded by grants from the global and Southern California chapters of RMHC and the fundraising efforts of Southern California McDonald’s owner/operators and corporate staff. The administrative costs for the scholarship programs and recognition dinner are underwritten by MOASC.
Since 1990, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC) and MOASC have awarded more than $3 million in scholarship funds to students who reside in Southern California’s five-county area of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.
The four scholarship programs are part of RMHCSC. For more than 30 years RMHCSC has been committed to improving the health and well-being of children in Southern California. RMHCSC also operates four Ronald McDonald Houses, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times and a Community Grants Board.
The Ronald McDonald Houses - located in Loma Linda, Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena, with one on the way in Long Beach - serve as homes-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families being treated at nearby hospitals. Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times provides free sleep-away camp experiences for kids with cancer and their families.
The Community Grants Board has awarded more than $13 million since 1987 to over 600 local Southern California charities that directly benefit children.
MOASC is comprised of more than 600 franchised and company owned restaurants in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.