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Meet the 2018 HACER Scholarship Recipients

August 29, 2018

McDonald's HACER Scholarship

College degree attainment has increased for Hispanic students in the U.S. in the past 11 years1, but college affordability remains a barrier for many. At McDonald’s, we are taking action to close the education gap for Hispanic students in the U.S., granting a total of $4.5 million over the last 8 years to support our McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship. Every year, we grant Hispanic scholarships to 5 students for $100,000 each ($25,000 per year paid over 4 years).

Meet the five college-bound Hispanic high school seniors who will each receive a $100,000 scholarship.

HACER Scholarship Winner Miles

Miles Acevez-Lewis

Originally from Houston, TX, Miles was homeschooled with classes from the St. Constantine School and Community College. He has volunteered at various organizations, serving the homeless, children, and people with special needs in his community. With the aspiration to become an author and political commentator, Miles is pursuing a degree in political science and government from Georgetown University.

HACER Scholarship Winner Andrea

Andrea Hinojosa

Andrea graduated from the Bel Air High School in Canutillo, TX. Throughout her high school years, she was an active member of student health organizations including the HOSA Future Health Professionals and the Texas HOSA Leadership Development Institute. Andrea is pursuing a public health degree at George Washington University.

HACER Scholarship Winner Julio

Julio Ornelas

Julio is from Pico Rivera, CA, where he graduated from the El Rancho High School. During his Sophomore year of high school, he became the primary caretaker for his grandmother following her diagnosis of stage IV cancer. Julio is now pursuing a degree in biology from Stanford University with the aspiration to become an oncologist.

HACER Scholarship Winner Bridgette

Bridgette Ramirez

Bilingual in English and Spanish, Bridgette is originally from Humble, TX. She graduated from Reagan High School and is will be attending Brown University to study medicine.

HACER Scholarship Winner Stephanie

Stephanie Reyes Munoz

Stephanie was born in El Salvador and now lives in Lanham, MD, where she attended the Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Stephanie is an active member of her community and has volunteered at organizations such as UNICEF ERHS and Suited for Change. She is pursuing a civil engineering degree at the University of Washington Seattle Campus and aspires to become an environmental engineer.













































HACER®, which stands for Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources, counts on the exclusive support of McDonald’s Corporation and McDonald’s Hispanic owner/operators. The direct support for the HACER National Scholarship is part of McDonald's commitment to education, helping individuals reach their full potential.

Learn more about the HACER Scholarship Program.

1Excelencia in Education. (2015). The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook. Washington, D.C.: Excelencia in Education