McDonald’s Teams Up With the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to Award $500,000 in Scholarships to HBCU Students

McDonald’s announced that it is once again partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to bring back its Black & Positively Golden Scholarship Program. The program will give half a million dollars to incoming and current HBCU students.

“We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with McDonald’s and work with these exceptional students,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, President, and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in a written statement. “Amid the uncertainty and confusion of the current state of the world, students remain some of the key drivers of change. They are rising to the challenges they are facing and working hard to provide much-needed support to their families and communities. With the help of partners like McDonald’s, TMCF is committed to supporting these outstanding students and helping them develop into tomorrow’s industry leaders.”

Incoming and current HBCU students should apply for the Black & Positively Golden Scholarship through May 10 at 11:59 PM EST at the TMCF website. There will be up to $15,000 scholarships awarded to thirty-four students for the 2021-2022 academic year, and winners will be announced this summer.

“As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the ability of students to attend college, we are honored to provide support and financial resources to help HBCU students nationwide turn their dreams of going to and staying in college into reality,” said Marty Gillis, New Jersey McDonald’s Franchisee and National Diversity Marketing Committee Lead.  “We are committed to feeding and fostering the communities we serve, and seeing young, gifted and Black students succeed, and couldn’t be prouder to partner with the TMCF for more than 20 years to do so.”

Students interested in applying must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Be enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior attending an HBCU during the 2021-2022 academic school year
  • Have a current cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities and financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551

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