Four Hispanic students have been selected to receive RMHC/HACER National Scholarships of $100,000, Ronald McDonald House Charities announced Tuesday.

RMHC announced that the scholarships were awarded to Maria Fabre of Texas and Emily Salvador of Florida, who will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Kevin Pardinas of Florida, who will study at Princeton; and Carina Zuñiga of Texas, who will attend Baylor University.

In the five years that these scholarships have been presented, the RMHC has provided a total of $1.9 million to 19 Hispanic students.

"The 2012 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship recipients are joining a special family of young Hispanics who are both committed to academic excellence and to service to their communities," RMHC President and CEO Martin J. Coyne said.

According to Census data, the number of Hispanics with a university degree has increased by 80 percent in the last 10 years. EFE