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Mid-Michigan senior receives scholarship from McDonald's

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Rosie Abraham (Source: Karen Kirchenbauer) Rosie Abraham (Source: Karen Kirchenbauer)

For some, it's the dream of a lifetime. For others, it's the means to achieving the dreams.

Going to college can be one of the most significant times in anyone's life. However, with the rising costs of tuition it's starting to get more and more expensive for students to attend.

A college degree is basically a requirement for a successful career. For many people, tuition is increasingly more than they can afford. It's significantly higher than it was in the 1980s.

According to the college board, tuition for a private four-year school in 2015 averaged $32,400 a year. That's $20,000 more than it was 40 years ago.

Public schools can be cheaper, but the cost is still significant. Tuition was about $2,300 a year in 1980 and $9,400 in 2015.

That's why scholarships have become so important for students to help pay the high costs. One student in Mid-Michigan is quite relieved after getting some help from the golden arches.

"Extremely relieved and not at all stressed out," said Rosalia Abraham, scholarship recipient.

Abraham said she's happy to get some help from McDonald's. The Ronald McDonald House of Charities awarded the Sandusky High School senior a big scholarship.

"I finally have some money to help back me up so I wouldn't be in major debt when I get out of college," she said.

She received $8,000 from the program. Abraham wants to pursue her dreams of working in a crime lab.

Representatives from the program said they pick the scholarship winners based on things like GPA, hardships and volunteer work.

"I was heavily involved with the National Honor Society so that and volunteering really helped me win it," Abraham said.

Mike Dickendesher, franchise owner, was proud such an inspiring young woman was chosen.

"She was always very personable, hardworking when I've seen her. Reading about her accomplishments, it's just amazing," Dickendesher said.

He said the charity raises all of its money through change boxes. He said the charity also provides other resources for children, like food and shelter.

Abraham said a little change went a long way and it really changed her future for the better.

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