Spotlight on America’s Top Scholarships: Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program

Ronald McDonald House Charities US Scholarship Program

Offered by: Ronald McDonald House Charities

About the Organization

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides families in need with solutions related to the health and well-being of children. For 36 years, the RMHC has addressed the needs of families every day with problems such as how to stay near and support a hospitalized child, how to afford staying together in another city while a child is undergoing treatment, and also getting basic medical and dental care in a vulnerable community. More than 30,000 volunteers and staff members contribute to help solve to these issues. Since beginning in 1974 in Philadelphia, the organization has grown internationally with more than 290 local chapters in 57 countries and regions and 315 Ronald McDonald Houses. Fun Fact: Funds from the first launch of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake promotion helped buy an old house that opened in 1974 as the first Ronald McDonald House.

Scholarship Background

In an effort to help students recognize their full potential, RMHC offers scholarships to students with financial need who have limited access to educational and career opportunities. Since 1985, RMHC has awarded more than $44 million in scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement. The organization offers four national scholarship programs: RMHC Scholars, RMHC/Asia, RMHC African-American Future Achievers, and RMHC Hacer.

Who Qualifies

Graduating high school seniors living in a participating RMHC Chapter’s geographic area are eligible to apply for an RMHC scholarship. Students should be younger than 21-years old and plan to attend a two- or four-year college, university, or technical school. All students are eligible to apply for the RMHC Scholars program, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin. The RMHC Asia program provides scholarships to students of Asian-Pacific heritage; the RMHC African-American Future Achievers program awards scholarships to students of African American or Black Caribbean heritage; and the RMHC Hacer program is for students of Hispanic/Latino heritage.

Application Process

Students may apply by completing an online application for one of the four scholarships RMHC offers. Applicants should make sure they submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline. Even though scholarship award amounts vary in some program areas, most local chapters award a minimum scholarship of $1,000.

Annual Application Window

Applications are accepted starting in November of each academic school year up until late January.

Tips on How to Win

When completing your scholarship application, keep in mind the family- and community-oriented mission of the RMHC organization. In addition to showcasing your academic accomplishments, the best way to stand out on your application will be to focus on highlighting any experiences that demonstrate a commitment to serving your community. Did you take on a leadership role that focused on promoting the health of families in your community? Leadership roles demonstrate your passion and initiative for a cause. The Ronald McDonald House began with one person noticing many people in need of a service and taking action. Have you done the same? If so, explain how you went above and beyond to provide individuals with care, time, and resources.

Plan to start your application early so that you have plenty of time to review your work and make sure it is free of errors and that you have included all additional required documents.