Industry News | October 21, 2008

Whataburger Awards College Scholarships

The Whataburger Family Foundation will award more than $110,000 in college scholarships to 57 Whataburger family members and their relatives for the fall 2008 semester--the most since the foundation’s beginning in 2001.

The Whataburger Family Foundation is a support system funded by team members to help each other in times of need, crisis or family emergency. Each week, thousands of Whataburger team members, from the newest grill cook to corporate office executives, contribute part of their salaries to the fund. The foundation has steadily increased the number of scholarships granted each year based on the growing amount of contributions received. The organization originally awarded eight scholarships per semester.

Scholarship recipients were chosen based on their academic performances, essays and recommendation letters from school officials. All scholarship recipients are corporate or franchise team members or their immediate family. Full-time students will receive $2,000 and part-time students receive $1,000 for the semester to use at accredited two or four-year colleges, universities or vocational-technical schools.

Lexie Hoyt, a marketing coordinator at Whataburger’s home office in Corpus Christi, Texas, is a scholarship recipient for the fifth time and is attending Texas A&M University Corpus Christi to get her bachelor’s degree in business marketing. “I’ve been going to college while working full-time for eight years and my ultimate dream is to walk across the stage to receive my diploma,” she says. “Through the Whataburger Family Foundation scholarship program, the company is showing that it wants to see its team members succeed.”

More than 18.4 million students will attend America’s colleges and universities this fall. With tuition, room and board for an entire academic year averaging more than $14,000, students and their families fight a constant battle between education and debt.1 In Texas alone, the average college tuition rate has increased 58 percent since its deregulation in 2003.

“Pursuing a college education can be financially difficult, but it’s essential for career success today. We’re honored that we can help our team members achieve something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” Shelby Dobson, director of the Whataburger Family Foundation, says. “It’s really a tribute to our own team members’ generosity toward each other that we’re able to award a record number of scholarships this year.”

John Paul McCreary, a team leader at Whataburger in Austin, Texas, has been with the company for nearly seven years and plans to use his scholarship to continue his education this fall at Austin Community College.

“This scholarship allows me to focus on my studies rather than work more hours to pay for additional expenses,” McDreary says.


"School can be a bit expensive, especial if you have children to financially support. This scholarship would will really help me focus in school to pay my education as a medical assistance. I do not want the money to stop me from achieving my goal and showing my daughter anything is possible."

How can I make it? If as a young minority female, working full time at Whataburger trying to save up to pay semester, per semester of school, make it? There are all these stories of people getting scholarships and financial aid here and there and I'm killing myself just trying to get by! I don't understand it. I am lost in the middle, too much for some and too little for others! I am trying so hard to better my self but I can't seem to get a break anywhere. I have tried applying for FASFA and got denied, I tried applying for Student Loan and got denied. I have no one credit worthy to co-sign for me and I am out of options. I am afraid to give up and become another statistic. If I'm lucky I will be able to pay one more semester then I don't know what I will do. I heard about the Whataburger Scholarship but i have no one to point me in how to apply for it. If there is anyone that really cares about America's Youth please help! I am hardworking, good student and refuse to become a statistic minority!!

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