The Burger King McLamore Foundation opened enrollment for the Burger King Scholars program. Applications must be submitted by December 15. Open for high school seniors and Burger King team members, the scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are made possible through the ongoing support of Burger King guests, franchisees, suppliers and the McLamore Family Foundation.

"As a brand, we are committed to empowering individuals and feeding the potential of students and Burger King team members across the country. We are excited to help create brighter futures by investing in students with the Burger King Scholars program," says José Cil, Burger King Brand president and president of the Burger King McLamore Foundation.

Created in memory of Burger King co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the Burger King Scholars program has awarded over $28.3 million in scholarships to more than 26,800 high school students, Burger King employees, and their families across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico since 2000. In 2016 alone, the foundation awarded $3 million to more than 2,800 students in North America. In 2011, the McLamore Family Foundation created the James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship Award, granting a $50,000 scholarship to three students each year. The four-year scholarship is intended to help the top students that apply achieve their educational and professional dreams, along with serving as a tribute to Jim himself.

The requirements to become a Burger King Scholar are simple. You must apply within the application period, and fit the prerequisites below:

Have a strong academic record with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5

Be active in the community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations

Be a graduating high school senior with plans to attend a two- or four-year program at an accredited university, college or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico; or be a Burger King employee.

Non-high school senior Burger King employees can further their education by using the scholarship for non-degree courses such as accounting, computer or language courses. The application window for the 2017 to 2018 school year begins on October 15 and closes December 15.

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