Local McDonald’s owner/operators and their student-employees have a big reason to celebrate. On May 25, the families of these rising stars and local McDonald’s owners will be at the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem to honor the 11 Triad-area students as they each receive either a $5,000 or $1,000 Ray Kroc Scholarship.
The students, who each work at a Triad McDonald’s restaurant, were selected based on their academic achievements, community involvement and an essay describing what they’ve learned from their McDonald’s work experience. The scholarship money comes at a perfect time for the student-employees who will use the money to fund their first year of college, complete their final year, and for some winners, pay for their entire local community college tuition.
“McDonald’s is extremely proud to employ so many incredible people who are working hard every day towards achieving their dreams,” Triad McDonald’s Owner/Operator Johnny Tart said. “Each of the scholarship recipients exemplifies an incredible amount of dedication and perseverance both in school and in the workplace, and we are honored to play a role in helping them take their potential to the next level.”
Zachary Carr of Jonesville is a $5,000 scholarship winner and is an employee at the N.C. 67 restaurant in Jonesville, who is preparing to graduate from East Wilkes High School and will be attending Western Carolina University in the fall. In addition to working at McDonald’s for almost two years, Carr is involved in several different school organizations and serves as his school’s Senior Class vice president. He also volunteers regularly within his community.
Carr said that working at McDonald’s has expanded his skillset and improved his ability to communicate, collaborate, and multi-task. His GM says he is a dependable employee with great people skills who takes pride in taking new employees under his wing and helping them learn the ropes. She said he is a great asset to the restaurant and believes he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do.