Grants & Scholarships

RMHC Scholarships


Here you can read the RMHC-NEO Grant Funding Criteria 2017 to ensure that organizations meet the minimum qualifications to receive funding. To request an accessible version of this document, please email your request to

A local Board of Directors oversees RMHC-NEO and includes McDonald’s Owner/Operators as well as members of the medical community, business and civic leaders, parent/volunteers, and representatives from the Ronald McDonald Houses of Akron and Cleveland. Supporting the Ronald McDonald Houses of Akron and Cleveland is the cornerstone of RMHC-NEO.

Since 1987, in addition to providing funding to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Akron and Cleveland, RMHC-NEO has awarded over $10 Million dollars to children’s organizations throughout Northeastern Ohio.  These funds impact the lives of countless children and their families in the areas of health care and treatment, social services, and education to children.

View a listing of some organizations that have received grant funding

Service Area

The RMHC-NEO Board of Directors awards grants to non-profit organizations that are exempt from federal taxation under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Proposed projects must target the 20 county area of Northeastern Ohio represented by McDonald’s Restaurant Owner/Operators.  These counties are: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.

Grantmaking Criteria

Grant proposals considered by the RMHC-NEO Board of Directors focus on projects that directly affect the well being of children and have consistent and effective management.  Projects must address real issues in a definitive, long-term manner and have measurable impact.  Grant funds should be used to purchase tangible items used by children.  It is a goal of RMHC-NEO to lay foundations of long-term progress and positively impact the lives of children and their families in Northeastern Ohio by continuing the tradition of awarding grants to qualified not-for-profit organizations.

RMHC-NEO has two (2) grant application deadlines each year. Grant application deadlines are the first Tuesday in February with funding decisions made in mid-March, and the first Tuesday in August with funding decisions made in mid-September. Occasionally deadline dates are changed to accommodate holidays or schedule conflicts. Please call or email RMHC-NEO to verify the deadline date.

To ensure that an organization qualifies for grant funding and that the project/ program is a good fit with the existing funding mission, please contact RMHC-NEO at (216) 986-0855 for a preliminary telephone discussion.  We welcome the opportunity to learn more about organizations that improve the lives of children and families in Northeastern Ohio.


With education costs spiraling ever higher, a college education is beyond the financial reach of many outstanding students. The RMHC US Scholars Program opens the door to higher education for graduating high school seniors who face limited access to educational and career opportunities.

RMHC-NEO will award 58 scholarships for $1,000 and 8 scholarships of $2,000 each.

The RMHC US Scholarship Program seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals.  The goal of the program is simple: to identify and invest in future leaders.

The RMHC U.S. Scholarship Program is comprised of four individual scholarships as outlined.  There will be one online application for all four scholarships.

  • RMHC Scholars: All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.
  • RMHC/ASIA: (Asian Students Increasing Achievement). Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian-Pacific heritage
  • RMHC/African American Future Achievers: Applicant must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage.
  • RMHC/HACER® (Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources): Applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage.

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Live within the RMHC-NEO geographic service area consisting of twenty (20) counties in Northeast Ohio.  These counties are:  Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.
  • Be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Be less than 21 years of age.
  • Carry a minimum 2.7 GPA.
  • Disclose other scholarship programs for which he/she has applied.
  • Plan to enroll and attend an institution of higher education or a vocational/technical school during the academic year following graduation.
  • Complete and submit a scholarship application online and send required supporting materials and documentation to ISTS postmarked no later than the application deadline date.
  • Apply for only one of the scholarships offered by the local RMHC Chapter.  If a student is multi-racial, they still must choose only one scholarship to which to apply.
  • Be willing to provide additional verification of all information in the scholarship application, upon request.

Students are selected and awards are distributed based on demonstrated academic achievement, community involvement/leadership and financial need.

Application process for the 2017/2018 Academic Scholarship year opens on October 1, 2017.

Begin the scholarship application process.

Read a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about the scholarship application process.

Any questions about the RMHC US Scholarship Program application process, please contact International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) via email at or phone toll free 1-855-670-4787.