(Chicago) December 7, 2021 – McDonald’s USA and Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. , Roland S. Martin, more than $100,000 in scholarships for juniors and seniors attending Black Historic Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Effort in honor of brotherhood 115y The anniversary, celebrated on December 4, is to help address the often insurmountable financial challenges faced by HBCU students trying to fund a four-year college education.
Data shows that, on average, scholarships and grants cover only 25% of the total cost of college annually, and scholarships for HBCU students often focus on getting them from high school to college. For the upper class, increased tuition costs and increased loan debt combined with the limited scholarship funds offered to this group can make it financially difficult to graduate.
“HBCU and its students are vital to the fabric of our nation and I will always champion their success,” said Roland S. Martin. “I have witnessed first-hand the financial struggle affecting black college students, especially students in their final semesters. Therefore, I am pleased to partner with McDonald’s and TMCF to celebrate my beloved fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, and provide a resource that will help black students graduate.”
With the help of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), seven juniors and seniors will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year. In line with Alpha Phi Alpha’s century-old commitment to scholarship, McDonald’s continues its long-standing support for community, education, nutrition, and community care with this scholarship, which is an addition to the Gold Positive and Gold Scholarship Program recently awarded $500,000 to HBCU students.
said Reginald J. Miller, Vice President and Chief Global Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at McDonald’s. “We hope that these scholarship efforts will help build and support the diverse talent pool that will continue to be changemakers in our community for decades to come.”
Scholarship applications open on January 17, 2022 and award winners will be announced prior to the start of the Fall 2022 semester. Students interested in applying must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Enroll as a junior or senior at a TMCF member organization and at special HBCUs in Fall 2022
- Have a GPA of 2.7 or higher
- Submit a brief essay on how to demonstrate black excellence and leadership within the campus community
- Be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551
In addition to the scholarship funds, recipients will also have a unique opportunity to network face-to-face with McDonald’s executives currently working in their fields of study. This real-world learning opportunity is intended to provide an additional benefit to students beyond the monetary award.
“For more than two decades, we have worked with McDonald’s to provide critical resources to students when they need them most. Enrolling at a university can be challenging, and funds to support navigating this journey is an important part of ensuring they can graduate,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, President and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “We are excited to expand our partnership with this scholarship to provide more funds to HBCU students next year.”
This scholarship is just one of many ways McDonald’s continues to support its commitment to the black community, building on brand initiatives that provide skills training, mentorship, and educational resources to support people who build a path forward and achieve their goals. Since 2020, through strategic initiatives such as partnering with TMCF, the company and its owner/operators have awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to deserving HBCU students who are positioned to be the next generation of transformational leaders across business, STEM, politics, and law. Arts and many other professions.
To apply for the scholarship on January 17, 2022, visit www.TMCF.org. For more information about McDonald’s commitment to improving the communities it serves, visit www.blackandpositivelygolden.com and wearegolden.
About McDonald’s Education Efforts
HBCU scholarships are just one of many McDonald’s initiatives created to serve a bright future and provide an opportunity for education and skills in the communities we serve. These efforts also include additional scholarship opportunities through the Black & Positively Golden HBCU Scholarship Fund and the Black & Positively Golden Mentors Program that provides rising talent with one-to-one training from respected industry leaders; HACER Education Tour, which provides information to help navigate the college’s application process; Support the Boys and Girls Club of America’s Second Class Diploma Program that introduces teens to post-secondary education opportunities; and the Archways to Opportunity Program, which provides educational resources to qualified crew at participating US restaurants. Together with our owner/operators, we are committed to feeding and strengthening our communities.
About McDonald’s USA
McDonald’s offers a variety of menu options made with the highest quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers daily. Ninety-five percent of McDonald’s 14,000 US restaurants are independently owned and operated by business men and women. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Instagram at WeAreGolden and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds. To learn more about the Black & Positively Golden Initiative, visit www.blackandpositivelygolden.com.
About Roland S. Martin
Roland S. Martin is the host/editing director of the daily digital show #RolandMartinUnfiltered, which attracts 20 million views per month across multiple platforms. A four-time NAACP Image Award winner and a 2021 inductee into the National Association of Black Journalists’ Hall of Fame, Martin is CEO of Black Star Network, a hybrid media network (OTT) that produces and delivers streaming content for global consumers engaged in the political, business, and cultural visions and perspectives of black thought leaders. influencers and opinion makers. For more information, go to BlackStarNetwork.com
About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Founded in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (“TMCF”) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College community. TMCF member schools include publicly-supported historical black colleges and universities and predominantly black institutions, recording nearly 80% of All students attending black colleges and universities.Through scholarships, capacity building, research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in K-12 and higher education.The organization is also a resource for top employers looking for top talent for competitive internships and quality jobs. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.For more information about TMCF, visit www.tmcf.org.