Eligibility & Requirements

Are you eligible?

Check out the requirements below to find out if the McDonald’s® HACER® National Scholarship is right for you:

  • 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

How are scholarship winners selected?

The scholarship recipients are selected based on:

  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need
  • Community involvement
  • Personal qualities and strengths as portrayed in a personal interview, either in-person or by phone

Winners are selected by May to June. (Check for emails by mid-February to find out if you are a semi-finalist.)

What materials and documents are required?

No essay is needed. The only other requirements are these documents:

  • Transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation to be submitted online
  • List of community service projects
  • FAFSA report and/or 1040s

McDonald’s® HACER® National Scholarship comes back soon!

The application period for the McDonald’s® HACER® National Scholarship Program for 2020-2021 begins October 5, 2020.