For each $1 donation made at participating restaurants from October 1 through October 31, 2008, guests will receive a coupon book containing eight value-sized french fry coupons. The net proceeds will be used to fund educational scholarships through the Burger King Scholars Program.
All U.S. company restaurants and participating franchise-owned restaurants, along with corporate sponsor H.J. Heinz, have come together to help further support education in their local communities.
The Burger Kin Scholars Program provides $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA, who work part-time, demonstrate financial need, and participate in community and/or extracurricular activities. Graduating seniors throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada are eligible for the scholarships and recipients do not have to be employed at a Burger King restaurant. The program has granted more than $11.7 million in scholarships since its inception in 2000.
“The goal of the BURGER KING® Scholars Program is to help alleviate some of the financial burden of the rising cost of higher education,” said Ivette Diaz, executive director, HAVE IT YOUR WAY® Foundation. “Through the Fall Fundraiser, Burger King Corp., our franchisees and guests have the opportunity to help support education in the local communities where we work and live.”
Current high school seniors planning to graduate in the spring of 2009 may obtain more information on the Burger King Scholars Program and apply online by logging onto www.bk.com/scholars or by calling 305-378-3186. The 2009 scholarship recipients will be announced in April of next year.
Scholarship funds come directly from the Have It Your Way Foundation. In addition, company- and franchise-owned Burger King restaurants throughout the country host a variety of fundraising activities, which also help fund scholarships each year.