McDonald’s HACER® Program

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
McDonald’s HACER® Program was created in 1985 to grant eligible Hispanic students financial aid so they can achieve their dreams through higher education. Since then, we’ve awarded over 31 million dollars and over 17,800 scholarships.

Website: McDonald’s HACER® Program
Application: Create an Account & Apply
Eligibility Requirements:

  • You’re a high school senior
  • You’re a legal U.S. resident
  • You’re younger than 21 years old
  • You carry a minimum 2.8 GPA
  • You’re eligible to attend a two- or four‑year college or university with a full-time course of study
  • You’ll disclose other scholarship programs that you’ve applied for
  • You’ll enroll and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after your selection (verification needed, as scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools)
  • You have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage
    *Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic category, not a racial category; student applicants may be of any race. Applicants must be from a family that came from at least one of these countries/territories: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Spain, Uruguay, or Venezuela.

Required Documentation:

  1. Transcript
  2. Personal statement
  3. Letter of recommendation to be submitted online
  4. List of community service projects
  5. FAFSA report and/or 1040s

Open to DREAMers: No
Renewable: Some awards may be renewable. If awarded a renewable scholarship, you must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered for renewal. Each year, you will receive an email notification with instructions to complete the online renewal application. You will need to provide a transcript showing your cumulative GPA

$5,000 - $100,000