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McDonald's employees earn scholarships
McDonald’s employees gather to recognize their first class of local scholarship winners. From left to right: Paola Cain; recipient Saymea Thomas of Richmond Hill; Ed Stanberry; recipient Dominique Walker of Richmond Hill; owner/operator Gary Dodd; Ronald McDonald; Thomas Macherione; recipient Warner Oldham of Hinesville, and Wesley Caudle. - photo by Photo provided.
The Savannah Area McDonald’s Operators Association congratulated its first class of recipients in a local scholarship program by awarding more than $50,000. The awards were announced Monday in Richmond Hill.
Local recipients include Warner Oldham of Hinesville, and Saymea Thomas and Dominique Walker of Richmond Hill. Oldham, Thomas and Walker received $1,200 each, and the funds can be used for room and board, books and other related expenses.
Local McDonald’s owner-operators have been develop ing a way to support this annual scholarship program for about five years and are now able to award annual scholarships to eligible employees and their dependents. Participating restaurants are located throughout the region, including Hinesville, Darien, Vidalia and Point South and Hampton, S.C.
“We’re excited to award our first class of scholarship recipients,” said Savannah-area McDonald’s owner Nina Gompels. “Getting this program off of the ground has been incredibly fulfilling, and we’re thrilled to recognize each recipient as they head off to school, or begin saving for their bright future.”
Eligible employees and their dependents can apply online through their local restaurant’s website. Once their applications are submitted they are reviewed by a third-party company that administers the program.
To qualify for the program, the employee must have been working in their restaurant for at least three months, must work an average of 20 hours per week, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5, be at least a high school senior and have plans to attend an accredited institution.
“We’re proud to help our employees further their educational goals,” Gompels said. “They’re also able to renew the scholarship each year by continuing to work with us while they go to school.”
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