Win Up to $50K in Burger King’s Annual No-Essay Scholarship Contest
Burger King co-founder James McLamore placed value on education, entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, high standards and good citizenship.
Those values defined him and now carry on his legacy in the form of the annual Burger King Scholars program for employees and their spouses, domestic partners and children — and high school seniors in the community.
More than 20 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 are available this year.
There are scholarships for high school seniors as well Burger King employees and their families.
There’s no essay is required; all you have to do is meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for one of the scholarships.
The foundation will accept only 50,000 applications from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15, 2018.
Burger King Scholarship Eligibility
There are two tracks for scholarships — one for general applicants and another for employees and their families. Applicants from both pools will be considered for the James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship.
General Applicant Track
General applicants must be graduating high school seniors living in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.
They must have plans to enroll full time at an accredited two- or four-year college in 2019-20 without interruption. Colleges can be in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.
Students need a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply.
The employee-based track has two options. There’s a track for postsecondary education and one for enrichment programs like language, computer and accounting courses.
Postsecondary Education Scholarship
The employee-based track for postsecondary education is open to employees and their spouses, domestic partners and dependent children.
To be eligible, employees must have been active on the company’s payroll for at least six months as of the deadline date and still be employed when the awards are announced.
Applicants must live in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico and be graduating high school seniors, current college undergraduates or graduate students or have received a GED.
They must have plans to enroll at an accredited two- or four-year college in 2019-20 without interruption. Colleges can be in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.
Employees and their spouse or domestic partner can be enrolled part time or full time, while children of employes must be enrolled full time
All applicants need a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Scholarships for enrichment programs are open to employees and their spouses or domestic partners.
Applicants must live in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico with plans to enroll in a GED, enrichment, certification or other educational class.
Employees must have been active on the company’s payroll for at least six months as of the deadline date and still be employed when the awards are announced.
Eligible employees and their spouses, domestic partners and children will be considered for awards in both the general and employee-based track, but can receive only one award.
The $50K James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship
This whopper of a scholarship is worth $50,000. Up to three students with financial need will be chosen from the general and employee-based track applicant pools to receive to the scholarship.
To be considered, students must be a citizen of the U.S. or Canada, a high school senior in the U.S. Canada or Puerto Rico and applying to a four-year accredited, college or university in the U.S. or Canada as a full-time freshmen.
Students must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 3.3 and a minimum ACT composite score of 25, or a minimum combined SAT score of 1220.
Only students with substantial work experience, active leadership in their communities, school and/or athletics will be considered.
How to Apply for the Burger King Scholarships
Only web-based applications are accepted.
To apply for a Burger King Scholarship, create and register for a student account. You can access the application once you validate your email and provide profile details.
You’ll need to upload a current transcript — unofficial or official — of your grades.
You may want a list of your work experience, school activities and any community involvement on hand for the application.
If you’re eligible and want to be considered for the James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship, you will need to have a copy of your parents’ tax returns for the section on financial information.
Required fields and standard capitalization matter when filling out the application. No changes can be made once you submit your application, so make sure it’s well-done.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2018, or when 50,000 applications have been received. All applicants will receive an email notifying them of their application status by May 2019.
Scholarship winners will be asked to submit further documentation.
As long as you’re eligible, it can’t hurt to apply. It looks like they hand out a lot of scholarships, and who knows, you might score you a whopper.
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Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She learned while writing this article that the first Burger King opened in Miami, Florida. Read her full bio here or say hi On Twitter @StephBolling.