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McDonald’s Offers $1 Million via the HACER More Scholarship

I’ll have a $25k “McScholarship” with my fries, please.

Shawna Newman

December 10, 2020

High school students with a “Do-More” attitude, will be loving this BIG scholarship. Get all the details you’ll need to apply for this golden opportunity!
McDonald’s Offers $1 Million via the HACER More Scholarship
What’s better than McDonald’s fries or the return of the McRib? Money to help you pay for college, of course! This year McDonald’s has expanded their HACER National Scholarship program to offer 130 Hispanic students access to higher education with a $25,000 scholarship— making the combined scholarship total $1 Million dollars. If you’re a high school senior looking to attend a two- or four-year university or college as a full-time student in 2021, listen up!
This brand-name scholarship is an opportunity for you to accomplish your college dreams, but a chance to highlight your Hispanic heritage. Winners will also be a part of a network of 17,060 Hispanic college students from more than three decades. According to a McDonald’s USA press release, since 1985, the McDonald's HACER National Scholarship is one of the largest college scholarship programs and “has awarded $31.5 million to Hispanic college students pursuing their higher education dreams.”

HACER Más Scholarship Eligibility

Similar to other scholarships, there are minimum requirements to be eligible for this prestigious award.
In order to apply for this scholarship, you must be/have: • A high school senior. • A legal resident of the United States. • Maximum of 21-years old. • Eligible to attend a two- or four-year college as a full-time student, attending an accredited institution.
• At least one parent of a Hispanic heritage. • Willing to disclose other scholarships you’ve applied for.

How to Apply for the Scholarship Program

The McDonald’s HACER More Scholarship's application process is simple; it does not require an essay, but candidates that make it to level two will be interviewed. Your personal interview will be an opportunity for you to highlight your personal qualities and strengths as well as your Hispanic heritage. Interested students can apply until February 3, 2021, and will need to have these required documents: • High school transcripts • Personal statementsLetter or recommendationList of community service projectsFAFSA report and/or 1040s

Winning the McDonald’s HACER More Scholarship: TIPS

According to McDonalds' HACER Scholarship Website, scholarship winners are selected based upon the four following principles:
  1. Academic Achievement
  2. Like other merit scholarships, you’ll need to meet Grade Point Average requirements. This McDonald’s scholarship program requires at least a 2.8 GPA. The higher your GPA the better.
  3. Financial Need
  4. McDonald’s understands the pandemic has made things harder for many American families. In fact, their scholarship press release mentions Pew Research Center’s data that “...half of Hispanics said they worry daily or nearly every day about financial issues like paying their bills, the amount of debt they carry and the cost of health care, and more.” This is why submitting your FAFSA is important! Your FAFSA reflects how much money your family can contribute to fund your college education. The scholarship committee will consider this number to help them choose award winners. You can find helpful financial aid and FAFSA resources here.
  5. Community Involvement
  6. Students offering help for their local communities showcases their willingness to give back and their eagerness to learn. Compassion is a wonderful element that can fuel community growth, and scholarship judges know this.
  7. Personal Strengths
  8. Student resiliency reflects your ambition to achieve. It’s likely the HACER More Scholarship committee will want to hear ways you’ve overcame obstacles—those related to your heritage, COVID-19, and more. It doesn't hurt to document your story via a personal essay.
In addition to the four specifications listed above, there are other important insider tips and secrets to winning scholarships.

Apply for the McDonald’s HACER More Scholarship

Ready to get free money to help pay for college? Look no further than the iconic, golden arches!

McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship

Deadline: 2/3/21
Award Amount: $25,000

More Scholarship Opportunities

If you like what the McDonald’s HACER Scholarship has to offer, you should check out these scholarships: Scholarships for Hispanic Students Live Más Scholarship Scholarships for The Class of 2021

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