Star Studded Luncheon to Celebrate 14 deserving New York Tri-State Area Ronald McDonald House Charities African American Future Achievers scholarship recipients

ISELIN, N.J., June 14, 2017 — Hearts were warmed as stars, family members, and loved ones gathered on  June 7, 2017 at the beautiful Crystal Plaza (Livingston, NJ)  for the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities

New York Tri-State Area African American Future Achievers (RMHC/AAFA) Scholarship Luncheon. The New York Tri-State Area McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association hosted the elegant luncheon for 14 deserving high school graduating seniors from across the New York Tri-State Area who will be attending 4 year colleges and universities in the fall.  

“The RMHC/African-American Future Achievers Scholarship program was designed to address the reality that many students of African descent face significant financial barriers to higher education,” said Christopher Perry, Executive Director or RMHC-NYSTA. “We are incredibly proud to offer 14 generous college scholarships this year to help these promising young students achieve their dreams of obtaining a higher education.” 

“The New York Tri-State Area McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association and Ronald McDonald House Charities are always proud to support education in black communities by offering the African American Future Achievers scholarship to deserving high school graduating seniors,” said Paul Hendel, McDonald’s Owner Operator and McDonald’s New York Metro Co-Op President. “We are so proud to offer 14 scholarships totaling more than a quarter million dollars this year, and we look forward to raising more money to support more students in years to come.”

The following students will receive $16,000 over four years:



High School      

University attending

1. Kelly Bamfo  

Bronx, NY        

Stephen T. Mather High School   

Alfred State College

2. Kamille Banks 

Lodi, NJ  

Lodi High School   

Spelman College

3. Akalah Bobb   

Brooklyn, NY 

Uncommon Collegiate Charter HS 

Marshall University

4. Berlindyne Elie 

Irvington, NJ  

Christ the King Preparatory HS 

Boston College

5. Ryan Emmanuel   

Brooklyn, NY 

Cristo Rey High School  

Fordham University

6. Raniya Martin-Davis 

Passaic, NJ 

Paterson CS For SCI/TECH 

University of Florida

7. Rouwaida Nitiema  

Newark, NJ 

Newark Early College High School  

Gettysburg College

8. Minasdine Rene  

Stamford, CT 

Stamford High School  

Fairfield University

9. Milencia Saintus 

Roselle, NJ 

Abraham Clark High School  

Seton Hall University

10. Samayia Taylor 

Newark, NJ

St. Vincent Academy 

Howard University

11. Michael Watson 

Uniondale, NY 

Uniondale High School 

Princeton University

12. Adam Wickham 

New York, NY 

Stuyvesant High School 

Princeton University

13. Chris Yankah 

Elmont, NY 

Elmont Memorial High School 

Vanderbilt University

In addition, the following student will receive the Lee Dunham Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $25,000 over four years:

14.  Nicole Taylor  

 East Orange, NJ  

East Orange STEM Academy 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The luncheon was co-hosted by two-time New York Giants Super Bowl Champion, Kareem McKenzie and award-winning actor Tobias Truvillion from the #1 hit primetime series Empire. There were also two amazing musical performances, one from Melba Moore, who sang her heart felt song, “If You Believe,” and Alyson Williams, who sang one of her hits, “Just Call My Name”.

RMHC/AAFA has been able to transform the lives of eligible graduating high school seniors who face limited access to educational opportunities by virtue of their financial background. With its college scholarship program, the nonprofit organization assists students in their efforts to reach their educational goals and their aspirations to become leaders of tomorrow.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area
For over 20 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area has been creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Their signature programs include scholarships to help provide access to a college education for students who need and earn it, and community grants to support a variety of local children’s charities in the areas of medicine, crisis intervention, civic and social services, education, and the arts. The organization also provides generous support to 5 Ronald McDonald Houses, which are “homes away from home” keeping families with sick children close to each other and the care and resources they need. For more information, please visit or contact 732-623-8639.

©2017 Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area.

RMHC NY Tri-State Area, c/o Irving Street
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