Pioneering HACER® National Scholarship from McDonald's helps Hispanic young people fund their college tuition and take first steps towards careers


McDonalds supports Hispanic students via national scholarship

McDonald's supports Hispanic students via national scholarship

Prime employer McDonald's is supporting young people to pursue their career dreams via the HACER® National Scholarship program.

A total of 30 Hispanic high school seniors have been awarded the scholarship to pursue higher education. The scholarship exists through the support of McDonald’s Corporation and McDonald’s Hispanic owner/operators, with a sum of $500,000 donated to help the 30 Hispanic high school seniors finance their college tuition.

Alleviating the education gap and changing young people's lives

Hispanic college enrollment is at a record high. However, while Hispanics have made important strides in educational attainment in recent decades, numbers are still lagging when it comes to obtaining a four-year college degree. For many, the high cost of attending college continues to be the number one obstacle to completing their higher education.

Through expanding the McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship, the company continues to work to alleviate the education gap with Hispanic students and helps to provide more opportunities for educational attainment within the Hispanic community. SInce 2008, McDonald’s has granted nearly $5 million to support the McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship.

“We’re proud of the steps we’ve taken to continue supporting our Hispanic community, including expanding our HACER® National Scholarship to 30 recipients last year, which is six times as many winners than in previous years,” said HACER judge and McDonald’s Owner Operator Santiago Negre. “We are committed to helping young people reach their full potential and alleviating the stress of higher education costs.”

HACER scholarship winners are selected on their academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need. The rigorous selection process includes a completed application, a personal questionnaire and interviews with a distinguished panel of judges representing academia, business, media, and McDonald’s.

The list of this 2019 HACER National Scholarship recipients can be found here.

One of many ways McDonald's invests in youth opportunities

The HACER National Scholarship is one of several ways that McDonald’s continues investing in education and development opportunities for restaurant employees and the communities in which it operates. For example, McDonald’s also announced Youth Opportunity – a global goal to reduce barriers to employment for two-million young people by 2025 through pre-employment job readiness training, employment opportunities and workplace development. 

McDonald’s also announced a $150 million allocatrion over five years to its global Archways to Opportunity® education program that provides eligible U.S. employees with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education/career advising services and learn English as a second language.  

Further your career with McDonald's

Through pioneering youth initiatives, McDonald’s continues to demonstrate how the company gives back to local communities and people. 

Learn more about McDonalds and their job opportunities and kick-start your own career today.
 

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