GPS Hospitality, one of the nation’s largest BURGER KING® franchisees with 222 restaurants, is pleased to announce its awarding of 89 scholarships to deserving scholars through the BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation. GPS restaurants participated in both the Spring and Fall McLAMORE Foundation fundraisers in 2015, which generated $89,000 in $1 donations from restaurant guests in their local communities.
The BURGER KING Scholar selected for the 2016 program is Anirudh Bikmal from South Forsyth High School.
“Recognizing hard work and excellence is a cornerstone of the GPS Hospitality philosophy. The McLAMORE Foundation offers a way for each of our restaurants and their guests to raise funds that give back to their communities, and I’m so impressed with the teams that continue to support their local neighborhoods,” said Tom Garrett, CEO of GPS Hospitality. “We are also honored to present recipients with scholarships and to be a part of their academic journey. We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.”
The 2016 recipients were selected by the BURGER KING McLAMORE Foundation based on their grade point average, extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.
“We are committed to supporting hard-working, dedicated students in our communities through the BURGER KING Scholars program,” said Amanda Israel, executive director of the BURGER KING McLAMORE Foundation. “Each year, we are increasingly impressed by the number and caliber of applications, and it motivates us to work harder to grant more scholarships than the year before. We are very passionate about education and proud to know that through this program we are creating opportunities for thousands of students to build brighter futures.”
The BURGER KING Scholars program is the BURGER KING McLAMORE Foundation’s flagship program, established to honor the legacy of the BURGER KING brand’s co-founder James W. McLamore, whose commitment to philanthropy and education made him a pillar of community service throughout his lifetime.
Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded more than 26,800 scholarships to high school seniors, BURGER KING employees, their spouses/domestic partners and children across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, resulting in $28.3 million in grants to students in local communities.
For more information on the program, including instructions for 2017 scholarship applications, please visit www.bkmclamorefoundation.org.
About GPS Hospitality
Founded in 2012, GPS Hospitality is a BURGER KING® and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen franchisee, operating 229 restaurants in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. GPS Hospitality seeks to become our guests’ favorite QSR destination by implementing our brand values of being Goal Focused, People Oriented and Service Obsessed. For more information, please visitwww.gpshospitality.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About the Burger King McLamore℠ Foundation
The BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, whose global efforts are aimed at supporting the advancement of education. Inspired by BURGER KING® brand co-founder James W. McLamore, its mission is to make a positive impact in communities where BURGER KING® restaurants operate by building brighter futures through education and providing emergency hardship assistance to members of the BURGER KING® family. The Foundation also partners with select charitable organizations worldwide that share its mission of advancing education. To learn more about the BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation, visit www.bkmclamorefoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or call 305-378-3186.
About Burger King Worldwide
Founded in 1954, BURGER KING® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates in approximately 14,000 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 98 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website atwww.bk.com or follow BK on Facebook and Twitter.