Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City will present $68,000 in scholarships during a Saturday ceremony at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center.
The $1,000 scholarships will be given to 68 college-bound students with a financial need. The amount raised this year was much higher than the $25,000 given out last year.
“I think it's in response to economic need and the bright deserving students that people want to help,” Ronald McDonald Charities Executive Director Susan Adams said. “It's all part of a broader mission to impact the lives of children with the program. We're investing in future leaders.”
Adams said the scholarship program began in 1996. Since 2007, more than $250,000 has been awarded to students in need of cash for college. The money for the scholarships comes from donations collected at McDonald's restaurants.
“We certainly encourage McDonald's customers to donate when they visit,” Adams said. “That little bit of money can have a pretty significant impact for a lot of people.”