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June 14, 2012


Twenty one African American high school seniors are among 104 Southern California recipients awarded $2,000 college scholarships from Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southern California. The charity awarded more than $328,000 in scholarship funds to deserving high school seniors who reside in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. These students were recently honored at an awards luncheon hosted by the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California.


Milinda Ajawara from Katella High School, Joshua Anderson from Notre Dame High School, Sharon Bako from Foothill High School, Joseph Bassey from Carson High School, Kayon Brantley from Rancho Verde High School, D’Jenne Edwards from Bishop Alemany High School, Brianna Ellis-Mitchell from Immaculate Heart High School, Kiana Gleason from St. Bonaventure High School, Jordan Joseph Harris from Redlands Adventist Academy, Jazmin Henderson from Summit High School, Kristen Jones from St. Lucy’s Priory High School, Nicole Lindsey from Wilson High School, Delia Lizarraga from Patriot High School, Tarah Marshall from Millikan High School, Zoe Mathieson from L.A. County High School for the Arts, Anthony Meadows from City Honors High School, Zina Ogunnaya from California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Dennis Ojogho from Los Angeles Senior High School, Richard Rideout from Lakewood High School, Emani Stanford from SOAR (Students On Academic Rise) High School, Easter Thames from California Academy of Mathematics and Science were selected to receive an RMHC scholarship based on a number of criteria including grade point average, community involvement, leadership skills, letters of recommendation, and financial need. 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. Scholarship funds can be applied toward tuition, fees and other appropriate educational expenses.


Since 1990, the Southern California chapter of RMHC has awarded nearly $4.1 million in scholarship funds to local students to help make their dream of a college education 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.  McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California pays for all administrative costs of the Southern California scholarship program including producing and distributing the applications and hosting the recipient recognition event.


“Every year, we continue to be impressed by the caliber of students that apply for one of our four scholarship programs,” said Rob Parker, RMHCSC Chief Executive Officer. “The young men and women that comprise this year’s scholarship class are not only role models at home but in their communities, and we couldn’t be more honored to support them as they set out to pursue their higher education.”


For more than 30 years Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California has been dedicated to creating a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.  In addition to four scholarship programs, the organization operates five Ronald McDonald Houses, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and a Community Grants Board. For more information, visit www.rmhcsc.org or www.twitter.com/rmhc_socal.


McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California is comprised of more than 600 franchised and company-owned McDonald’s restaurants in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.


Category: Education