Started in 2004, the scholarship program annually awards monies to graduating seniors in the Clark County School District.
Recipients are chosen based on academics, civic service and financial need. Through a matching funds partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas, and the work of Kappa Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the foundation has awarded nearly $75,000 to 46 recipients.
Recipients attend such schools as Stanford, Hampton, Arizona State, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Southern California, and New York University, among others. The foundation partners with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas (RMHCLV) on its scholarships.
RMHCLV matches the foundation’s funds 50 percent, thus doubling scholarship awards.
The RMHC of Greater Las Vegas Scholarship Program is a partnership between RMHC, McDonald’s and local community organizations. Since 1999, the RMHC scholarship program has awarded more than $2.4 million to 1,087 students from Clark and Nye counties in Nevada.
In 2011, the program awarded $298,895 to 146 high school graduates, and $34,000 to 34 returning college students as part of the RMHC Alumni Scholarship Program.
Since beginning in 2008, the Alumni Program has awarded $120,000 in scholarships to previous RMHC Scholarship recipients who continue to be exemplary role models and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals. Since 2002, over $1.1 million in newspaper contributions have been donated to the Program. In 2010 alone, McDonald’s newspaper contributions totaled more than $180,000.