During his first year of college, Jason Gonzalez, a 19-year-old student at Stanford University, was overwhelmed by the financial obligations that came with independence.
For the first time in his life, this mechanical engineering major lived more than 350 miles away from home and was responsible for paying all of his expenses. Having to manage his own finances made Jason truly appreciate being awarded a college scholarship from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California.
Through four scholarship programs: RMHC/African American Future Achievers, RMHC/Asian Pacific American Students, RMHC/Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources and RMHC/Scholars, deserving high school students, like Jason, receive $2,000 college scholarships. Recipients are selected based on exceptional academic merit, community service and financial need.
“The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California Scholarship program gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of attending a first rate university, while easing the financial burden for me and my family,” says Jason.
Since 1990, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarship funds to exceptional high school students throughout the Southland.