MUNSTER | Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Operators (NIMO) and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana have partnered to establish the HOPE Scholarship for local high school students. The new scholarship program is open to graduating high school seniors living in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, and Jasper counties. 20 scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to students who have: achieved academic excellence (minimum 3.0 GPA); supported their community through volunteer activities; demonstrated financial need; plan to pursue a degree in business management, hospitality or agricultural studies.
Applications for the HOPE Scholarship will be accepted through May 24, 2013, with the 20 scholarship recipients to be announced in early June.
“McDonald’s is proud to partner with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to support the continued education of students in our local communities,” said Bob Mazzaro, president of NIMO and a McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “This unique scholarship program was established for students with an interest in business management, hospitality and agriculture, as these are fields of study that truly reflect the core business of McDonald’s.”
Arleen Peterson, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana stated, “In today's economy, graduating from high school, college-ready, and obtaining a post-secondary degree or credential can mean the difference between a lifetime of poverty and a secure economic future. Given the economic status of many students' families served by the food banks, the HOPE Scholarship contributes to our partnership an opportunity to invest in the future of students’ academic success.”
Students interested in the HOPE Scholarship can visit the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana website to download the application and full instructions.
In addition to the new 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.
The Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Operators are a group of 15 individual owner/operators with more than 50 restaurants throughout Northwest Indiana, including stores as far north as Whiting, west as Munster, south as Rensselaer, and east as LaPorte. NIMO manages and facilitates all marketing, community relations, educational and philanthropic programs throughout the region, and is responsible for implementing and maintaining consistency at every Northwest Indiana restaurant.
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