CROWN POINT | The Northwest Indiana McDonald's Operators and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana announced the names of 10 outstanding students selected as recipients of the 2013 HOPE Scholarship.
The HOPE Scholarship program is funded by NIMO as part of its ongoing partnership with the Food Bank, and was established to support graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing degrees in business management, hospitality and agricultural studies.
Scholarships were awarded to students who have achieved academic excellence with a minimum 3.0 GPA, supported their community through volunteer activities, demonstrated financial need and plan to pursue a degree in one of the above mentioned areas of study. Each student will receive a non-renewable scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to apply towards their college tuition.
“McDonald’s proudly supports programs that encourage learning and the continued education of students in our local communities,” Bob Mazzaro, president of NIMO and McDonald’s Owner/Operator said. “Each of these students showed great dedication to achieving their educational goals while lending support to others in their community. We are happy for the opportunity to recognize their academic achievements.”
“The HOPE Scholarship represents an extension of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, to help students from the five counties to pursue their college aspiration dreams,” Arleen Peterson, Executive Director of the Food Bank said. “We believe in not only ‘feeding the line,’ but to ‘shorten the line,’ and the scholarship program is one way to achieve this goal.”
In addition to the HOPE Scholarship program, NIMO also supports the Food Bank’s Pantry on the Go program as part of its year-round philanthropic commitment. Pantry on the Go is a mobile pantry that distributes free food to residents in Lake and Porter counties, who normally would not have access to a traditional food pantry.