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Local McDonald’s Owners Investing In The Future

Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

Students in the Greater Chattanooga area can apply for a $1,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities scholarship to help with college expenses. Local McDonald’s owners have donated more than $500,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga for scholarships to area students over the last twelve years.

The scholarship provides financial support to students who may have limited access to educational opportunities. Five volunteer judges review each application and choose winners based on community service, school activities, work experience, need and leadership. The top 60 students are then invited for a personal interview before a panel.

Each year, a minimum of 36 high school seniors and four college sophomores are each awarded $1,000. In 2014, area McDonald’s restaurants raised funding through special promotions in their stores to award 47 scholarships to local students for a total of $47,000. These students are now enrolled in universities from Boston to Alabama, as well as here at home at UTC. With the rising cost of tuition and expenses, $1,000 can go far in helping a student prepare for the future.

“As local business owners, it is important to us to give back to the community that has given so much to us,” said Art Holekamp, McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “Education is important to us, and these scholarships often make the difference in whether or not a student decides to attend college. The award recipients are our future corporate, social and civic leaders, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to help give them a start on their path.”

The scholarships are made possible by an endowment created by the Owner/Operators in the Greater Chattanooga area and are awarded through the local chapter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities with support from RMHC Global. The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary homes for families who have critically ill children undergoing medical treatment at local hospitals.

The application process for the 2015 Ronald McDonald House Charities scholarship is open now until January 20, 2015. Students can use the following link to apply online

Local McDonald’s owners in Grundy and Marion counties are participating in this scholarship opportunity and students in the local area are encouraged to apply.