Scholarship Recipients at the 2017 RMHC-AAFA Scholarship Luncheon at The Houstonian Hotel_Photo courtesy of MOAGH

College expenses just became more attainable for many Houston high school students. Ronald McDonald House Charities®  of Greater Houston/Galveston, along with the Black McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association of Greater Houston awarded 25 high school seniors with prestigious RMHC® US Scholarships for their outstanding community involvement and academic performance.

On Friday, May 19, Ronald McDonald House Charities® and African American Future Achievers honored 25 well deserving students at a celebratory luncheon at Houston’s prestigious Houstonian Hotel. Each student’s academic prowess and community involvement was rewarded with a $2K scholarship and a Kindle Fire tablet.

“Year after year, we’re delighted to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who are continuing their education,” said Mary Redmond, president, RMHC® of Greater Houston/Galveston and local McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “It’s extremely rewarding to watch each and every student walk across the stage to receive their scholarship and know that in a few short weeks they will graduate high school, and this scholarship will help send them to college.”

Every year, Ronald McDonald House Charities®of Greater Houston/Galveston distributes nearly $200K in scholarships to area high school students. To date, RMHC® has granted more than $48M in scholarships to students in the United States and more than $3M to students in the Greater Houston area.

This year’s mistress of ceremonies was Melinda Spalding, co-anchor of Fox 26. The keynote speaker was 23-year-old Jonathan Miles. Miles is a general manager for McDonald’s in the Galleria area of Houston, where he is running a multi-million dollar restaurant. His ultimate goal is to one day become an owner/operator of McDonald’s.

Other dignitaries in attendance at this year’s prestigious ceremony included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; FOX 26 Vice President and General Manager D’Artagnan Bebel; Dave Moss, president Black McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association, along with a host of Black McDonald’s owner/operators of Greater Houston.

Congratulations to this year’s RMHC®/African American Future Achievers (AAFA) recipients:

Rem Aitbouchireb, Kerr High School

Shania Baldwin, Reagan High School

Samaria Burgess, Taylor High School

Jada Davis, Carl Wunsche Senior High School

Myles Garriette, Taylor High School

Sierra Gordon, Conroe High School

Tyree Jackson, Carver High School for

Applied Technology, Engineering and the Arts

Stephon Jones, Cypress Woods High School

Kayla Joseph, North Shore Senior High

Olakunbi Kolawole, KIPP Houston High School

Aliece Milton, Hargrave High School

Hausson Mitchell, Barbara Jordan High School

Lindsay Morgan, Impact Early College High School

Xzavier Mouton, Westbury Christian School

Danielle Nwosa, Clements High School

Olive Onyekwelu, Taylor High School

Chiwendu Owhochukwu, KIPP Houston High School

Briana Releford, Carver High School for

Applied Technology, Engineering and the Arts

Ajani Smith-Washington, Debakey High School for Health Professionals

Oluwatoyin Sokoya, The Woodlands College Park High School

Ramani Talley, Summer Creek High School

Tiara Tillis, Victory Early College High School

Sara Washington, Deer Park High School

Ariah Watson, Summer Creek High School

Davion Zeno, Reagan High School

See photos below.

Mayor Sylvester Turner speaking at the 2017 RMHC-AAFA Scholarship Luncheon at The Houstonian Hotel_Photo courtesy of MOAGH

Mayor Sylvester Turner (Photo Credit: MOAGH.jpg)

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Patsy Taylor, Keynote Speaker Jonathan Miles & Mary Redmond, President, RMHC® of Greater Houston (photo credit: Steed Media)

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Denise Bentham, Stephanie Oliver-Parrish, Mary Redmond, & Angela Majors

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Houston BMOA owners Dave Moss, Joseph Moss, Ronald McDonald, John Tillman, Jordan Moss, Ernest Redmond (Photo Credit: Steed Media)

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Houston Black McDonald's Owner/Operators (photo Credit: Steed Media)

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