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With education costs spiraling higher and higher, a college degree may seem out of reach for even the brightest high school students.


But in today's competitive job market, it's critical that our children pursue a higher education to ensure they can secure a successful future. 


Welcome to the great education dilemma of the modern era.


Thankfully, McDonald's is here to help committed students in need get a leg up on a successful college career. A partnership between Ronald McDonald House Charities and its local Chapters opens the door to higher education for graduating high school seniors. The RMHC Scholarship Program seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals. In so doing, McDonald's continues in their long-standing commitment to education and investment in future leaders.


Now in their 14th year of participating in the RMHC Scholarship program, McDonald’s Bay Area Owner Operators will be donating $150,000 dollars in scholarships to local college-bound students. To date, local McDonald's owners have given $1.8 million to the cause.


The good news for high school seniors applying to colleges is that there is still time to apply for a 2015 scholarship. From now until January 20, 2015, eligible students can apply online here.


McDonald’s Bay Area Owner Operators are helping young students achieve their dreams by giving out scholarships to those who are striving for higher education throughout the Bay Area.


Don't hesitate -- apply today and let McDonald's help you pursue your dreams!

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