Applications for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program are available in the fall of each school year at RMHC.org. McDonald's also encourages students and parents to talk to school counselors for more information about the scholarships.
Ronald McDonald House Charities scholarships are available to high school students who have demonstrated financial need along with accomplishment in academics, leadership and community involvement, notes the organization's official website. Students of all races may apply. Separate programs offer scholarships specifically to students from Asian, African-American and Hispanic backgrounds.
In order to apply, the student must be a high school senior, be younger than 21, be eligible to attend a college or technical school, be a legal resident of the United States, and live in the geographic area of a participating RMHC chapter, explains RMHC.org. Applicants must submit the completed application along with all the mandatory documentation by the deadline. To remain eligible, students must verify enrollment each year in an institution of higher learning.
Each program aimed at a particular racial and ethnic group has its own criteria. For the RMHC/Asia program, applicants must have at least one parent of Asian or Pacific heritage. Similarly, for the RMHC/African-American Future Achievers, the heritage of at least one parent must be African-American or black Caribbean, according to RMHC.org.