McDonald’s Educates Scholarship Reception

The McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington D.C. honored 45 outstanding young leaders with scholarships for college at a reception this evening at the Tyson’s Corner Marriott in McLean, Virginia.

In it’s fourth year, this scholarship program celebrates students of proven character, leadership, and commitment to furthering their education. These 45 students will receive $1,500 scholarships to attend institutions of higher learning.
Having applied for a similar type of McDonald’s community service scholarship as a high school senior, I understand the competitive nature of these awards and commend each student for such an outstanding achievement. It also speaks volumes that so many local owner/operators of McDonald’s franchises were present to congratulate the students they helped to sponsor.

As the Miss America organization’s mission closely ressembles that of the McDonald’s Educates program, and my particular platform being so relevant to the evening, I was proud to be chosen the Keynote Speaker.

Students like Tam (pictured) will be freshmen in the Fall at colleges of their choice. (Tam was admitted to Rice and wants to double major in Political Science and French!)

The reception was a perfect way to showcase the students’ achievements and encourage them to continue working toward many future successes. Oh – and another highlight of the evening… everyone, including me, got to take a picture with Ronald McDonald!