U.S. Century Bank hosts event for HACER Scholarship Awards

RMHC of South Florida HACER Scholarship winners (l-r) Kevin Pardinas, Melissa Quintana, Priscilla Suzal-Wright, Xiaowen Wu, Nicolas Carchi, Pamela Saavedra, Lissette Noda, Elianne Vazquez, Kendrick Cancio and Emily Salvador are joined by Ronald McDonald at the 14th annual South Florida HACER Scholarship Award ceremony at US Century Bank headquarters. Pardinas and Salvador were chosen from among thousands of applicants across the country for the national $100,000 scholarship given to four students each year. Pictured in the back are Alejandro Krauskopf, David Beltran and Mathew Penna.

The Doral headquarters office of U.S. Century Bank, located at 2301 NW 87 Avenue, recently welcomed local McDonalds restaurant owner/operators and recipients of the 2012 HACER scholarships. Each year, the Ronald McDonald House Charities/Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources (RMHC/HACER) awards scholarships to high school seniors of Hispanic descent. Since 1985, RMHC/HACER has awarded more than $13 million in scholarships to more than 11,000 Hispanic students in the U.S. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. Each year, HACER of South Florida distributes more than $20,000 to local high school students; each student received $2,000 to assist with his or her studies.

“As a community bank headquartered in Miami, it’s important for us to work with local organizations that are impacting our hometown,” said Armando Trabanco, senior vice president and regional manager for U.S. Century Bank.

“At U.S. Century Bank we have embraced education as one of our most important causes and through the year, we support a number of initiatives that are enabling the youth of our community to attain their educational goals. We welcome the students who are recipients of these HACER scholarships and applaud the local McDonalds owners/operators who are making these students’ dreams become a reality,” he added.

“The HACER scholarship program has grown and has helped thousands of Hispanic students pursue their educational goals thanks to the generous donations of McDonald’s owners/operators in Miami,” said McDonald’s owner/operator Yoyi Rodriguez. “We are pleased to have helped so many Hispanic students achieve their educational goals.”

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