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Local Hispanic Students Are Awarded the 2020 McDonald’s “HACER® More Scholarship”

Local Hispanic Students Are Awarded the 2020 McDonald’s “HACER® More Scholarship”

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Students should apply for the 2021 HACER® National Scholarship by Feb. 3

One hundred college students coast-to-coast are starting new semesters with more assurance as recipients of the McDonald’s “HACER More Scholarship”, including six students from South Florida. Awarding a total of $500K, this scholarship is an extension of the HACER® National Scholarship and is providing assistance to Hispanic students who are still facing financial difficulties due to the pandemic.

The recipients are Gabriel Baluja (University of Central Florida), Isabella Canizares (Florida International University), Kaylani Kinlock (University of Florida), Mia Mendez (Syracuse University), Julian Perez (University of the Arts), Gabriella Reyes (University of Central Florida). Through HACER, McDonald’s is awarding a total of $1 million in financial assistance to 130 students this academic year.

The McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship is one of the largest programs committed to providing college scholarships and resources for Hispanics. Since 1985, it has awarded $32.5 million to over 17,000 Hispanic college students pursuing their higher education dreams.

With many students and their families continuing to face education-related financial stress, McDonald’s is inviting students to apply for the 2021 HACER® National Scholarship by the Feb. 3 deadline. Additionally, to help students take the often-daunting first steps in applying, McDonald’s has teamed up with Latina game changers—“Gentefied” actress and writer, Julissa Calderon; actress and dancer, Jeanine Mason; and entrepreneur and founder of “Hija de Tu Madre,” Patty Delgado—who will use their voices to encourage students to pursue their educational dreams.

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The HACER® National Scholarship is accepting applications for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year through Feb. 3. Hispanic college-bound high school seniors are encouraged to visit to apply and receive additional college resources.

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