WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 30, 2008) – McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., will honor high school seniors throughout the Greater Washington, D.C., area who have demonstrated leadership, character, exceptional scholastic skills and volunteerism through the McDonald’s Educates Scholarship Program.
At least 45 student honorees will each receive a $1,500 scholarship to the college or university of their choice and will be recognized at an event in May.
“We are thrilled to be able to give these types of opportunities to the children and families that work and eat at McDonald’s,” said Susan Erwin, a McDonald’s owner/operator with stores in West Virginia. “The McDonald’s Educates Scholarship Program is an important way we are able to give back to our communities and support our leaders of tomorrow.”
The 2008 McDonald’s Educates Scholarship Program recipients are chosen based on an application and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or community service leader. Students also submit two short essays detailing lessons they have learned through community service and the importance of education in relation to cultural diversity.
This is the fifth year of the McDonald’s Educates Scholarship Program. In the past four years, the McDonald’s Family of Greater Washington, D.C., has given more than $327,000 in scholarships to local students.
Please call (703) 741-7525 or visit www.McDonaldsEducates.com for an application and additional details. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2008. The scholarship winners will be announced in April 2008.
McDonald’s is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 30,000 restaurants serving nearly 50 million people in more than 119 countries each day. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald’s 13,700 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. There are 345 McDonald’s restaurants in the Greater Washington, D.C., area. For nutritional information, please visit www.mcdonalds.com.