McDonald's HACER National Scholarship

This year, McDonald’s is awarding up to 30 McDonald’s HACER National Scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 to help students like you continue their educational growth. Applications will be reviewed by an independent selection committee that will take many things into consideration including but not limited to academic performance, community involvement, personal statements, and financial need.


With education costs spiraling ever higher, a college education is beyond the financial reach of many outstanding students. The McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship Program opens the door to higher education for graduating high school seniors who may need additional financial support for better educational and career opportunities. The Scholarship Program seeks to invest in students who work hard despite the many obstacles they may face in today’s society all while fulfilling their educational goals.

McDonald’s goal is simple: be an advocate to Latinos who aspire to higher education by providing the resources and tools to succeed.


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply to any of the scholarships offered through this program.

Must be a current high school senior who is eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school.
Must be a legal U.S. resident or a DREAMer/DACA recipient
Must be less than 21 years of age.
Must have a minimum 2.8 GPA.
Must be of Hispanic/Latino 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: 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.