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Southern California Chapter

Unifying the efforts of our six houses, a camp, two family rooms and other programs, the Southern California Chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities is committed to creating a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.

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Our Houses

Since 1980, the Southern California Ronald McDonald Houses® serve as a inexpensive, and often free, “home–away–from–home” for families of critically–ill children undergoing treatment at nearby hospitals and medical facilities.

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Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Each year Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times serves an average of 1,500 campers who are children with cancer so they can take a break from hospitals and find an opportunity to just be “ordinary kids.”

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Family Rooms

Our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide an “oasis” within the hospital for parents with children in pediatric or neonatal intensive care units; allowing them a chance to sleep, shower and recharge while remaining within steps of their hospitalized child.

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Scholarships & Grants

We support the children of our Southland communities by awarding scholarships to high–achieving high school seniors and providing grants to non–profit organizations working to improve the lives of children.

Academic Scholarships

Since 1990, more than $4.8 million in scholarship funds have been awarded to Southland students. RMHCSC funds scholarships to local students as part of its ongoing commitment to education. The McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California funds the administrative costs needed to make the Southern California scholarship program possible.

Applications for the 2014-2015 program will be available in Fall 2014.

Scholarships

$300,000 Awarded

More than $300,000 in scholarships are awarded annually to eligible high school seniors who reside and attend school in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Recipients must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills and a commitment to their communities. See our programs below to find the scholarship that is most applicable to you.

Ronald McDonald House Charities/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources

Ronald McDonald House Charities/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (RMHC/HACER)

This scholarship recognizes Southland Hispanic high school seniors for demonstrating excellence in academics and financial need to pursue a higher education. Since its creation in 1990, HACER has awarded nearly $3 million in scholarships to more than 1,750 students.

Ronald McDonald House Charities/African-American Future Achievers

Ronald McDonald House Charities/African-American Future Achievers

This program Southern California African-American high school seniors who plan to make an impact in their communities. Students submit an essay describing their community service and leadership abilities and how their future endeavors will benefit society. Future Achievers has funded nearly 600 students with nearly $800,000 in scholarships.

Ronald McDonald House Charities/Asian-Pacific American Students Increasing Achievement

Ronald McDonald House Charities/Asian-Pacific American Students Increasing Achievement (ASIA)

This scholarship program pays tribute to high school seniors of Asian Pacific descent. Students must submit an essay detailing their leadership skills and community service, along with a letter of recommendation from a nonprofit community-based organization. In addition to the scholarship, a $500 honorarium is awarded to the community-based organization of each recipient's choice. RMHC/ ASIA has given nearly $1,000,000 to more than 500 students since it began.

Ronald McDonald House Charities/Scholars

Ronald McDonald House Charities/Scholars

This scholarship is open to all high school seniors demonstrating excellence in academics, character, leadership, and financial need. Since it began, Scholars has awarded more than 200 scholarships totaling more than $420,000.

We need your help to continue the work that we strive to do. Please consider making a donation or becoming a volunteer.

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Our Impact

Everyone who has been involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California has a story to tell. Here are a few of them now.

Sharon BakoScholarships Program

Sharon Bako did not become aware of the importance of helping in her community until she herself needed her community to sustain her. 

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Grace KimScholarships Program

As a first-generation Korean American, Grace Kim, 18, knew she had greater responsibilities than the average high school student.

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Jason GonzalezScholarships Program

During his first year of college, Jason Gonzalez, a 19-year-old student at Stanford University, was overwhelmed by the financial obligations that c...

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Sponsors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

McDonald's
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City National Bank
Golden State Foods
Los Angeles Kings