Mar 25, 2011

McDonald’s Educates Scholarships

Separate from the national scholarships offered through Ronald McDonald House Charities, DC area McDonald’s franchisees are coming together to honor at least 53 outstanding local students with scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 each.

Qualified applicants must be high school seniors residing in the greater Washington, DC and outlying areas, including Montgomery, Prince George’s, Fairfax, and Loudon Counties as well as the cities of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church (a complete list is provided online). By the way, student employees of McDonald’s are welcome to apply.

“McDonald’s franchisees have always placed a high value on education and are committed to helping further education within the communities in which they do business,” said Rachel Cooke, of the McDonald’s Educates Scholarship program. “For this reason, the McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, DC has decided to honor youth who are leaders in school and within their communities.

To be eligible, students must have participated in a variety of extracurricular community activities, demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, and achieved academic excellence. Requirements include a completed application, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or community service leader, and two short essays.

This year’s essays ask students to reflect on their community and how they plan to “give back” in the future. These short answers will be reviewed for content, creativity, and writing style.

Applications are available online and must be postmarked by no later than Friday, April 1, 2011.

While the McDonald's Educates Scholarships are limited to students in the DC area, other groups of McDonald's franchise owners across the country support educational opportunities through scholarships. To discover what's offered in your community, contact your local McDonald’s restaurant and ask about the availability of scholarship programs.

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