Industry News | February 18, 2009

Local McDonald's Sends 15 Students to College

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Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and the McDonald's Owner/Operators of the Greater Philadelphia Region will recognize the accomplishments of 15 area high school seniors by awarding them RMHC/African American Future Achievers college scholarships. RMHC/Future Achievers is a local extension of a national program that recognizes African American high school seniors for their scholastic achievement, community service and financial need.

Now in its seventh year in the Philadelphia Region, the scholarship competition received nearly 150 applications. A panel of judges comprised of African American community leaders, and McDonald's and RMHC representatives selected the winners from Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

"McDonald's and Ronald McDonald House Charities are proud to support education initiatives in the Greater Philadelphia region and hope to inspire more students to pursue their dreams of attaining a higher level of education," says Tanya Holliday, president of the Philadelphia Black McDonald's Owner/Operator Association.

The winning students will be recognized at the RMHC/Future Achievers Awards Celebration, being held on Tuesday, February 24, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton on City Ave. in Philadelphia.

The event will feature a keynote address by Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia Dr. Arlene Ackerman, who will also be presented with the Anthony De Luz Black History Maker of Today Award. This award is named after Anthony De Luz, who, with his partner, became the first African American franchisees to open a McDonald's Restaurant in the Northeast. This award honors local leaders whose pioneering work has made an impact on Black History and continues to inspire African Americans.