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    McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship

    Offered by McDonald’s

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Jan 12, 2024
    Multiple awards worth

    $5,000 - $100,000

    Grade level

    High School Senior

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    February 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a college-bound, academically gifted, and community-oriented high school senior with at least one parent of Hispanic Heritage? If so, consider applying for the McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards 30 students between $25,000 and $100,000 to help them pay off the costs of postsecondary education. Winners must attend a postsecondary institution the year after their selection for the scholarship. This scholarship is funded by McDonald’s itself in order to help make a difference in the lives of Hispanic college students around the country.

    If you’re a college-bound, Hispanic, high school senior with impressive academic and extracurricular accomplishments, we encourage you to apply!

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to applicants who meet the below eligibility requirements. Applicants must also be planning to enroll full-time in an accredited university for the academic year after they are selected for the scholarship.

    Grade Level

    High School Senior

    Citizenship

    U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA

    Minimum GPA

    2.8

    Race/Ethnicity

    Hispanic/Latino

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application, list of their community service projects, FAFSA report and/or 1040s, and the below application materials.

    Essay

    Proof of enrollment

    Academic transcript

    Letter of Recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

    No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents and DACA students.

    When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

    The McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship winner will be announced: June 2024.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact McDonald’s at https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/contact-us/general-inquiry-form.html.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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