Franchisee Presents 129 Students from Across the Country with Academic Scholarships
ATLANTA – (June 27, 2023) – GPS Hospitality, the restaurant franchise with over 400 BURGER KING restaurants, is pleased to announce it will award the Burger King Foundation scholarships to 129 students in 12 states this graduation season. Since 2013, GPS Hospitality has supported more than 1,700 students totaling nearly $1.7M in giving.
Scholarships are granted to graduating high school seniors, taking into account their grade point average as well as their leadership activities in their schools and communities through volunteerism and work experience. Additionally, individuals who are employed by BURGER KING or are family members of employees and are pursuing conventional higher education or enrichment programs are also eligible to apply. This year’s 129 winners include 37 employees and 92 seniors in GPS Hospitality’s local communities. The Burger King Foundation scholarships are a philanthropic effort as they are funded completely through guest donations at local restaurants.
“Our commitment lies in creating a meaningful difference within our local communities,” expressed Michael Lippert, President of GPS Hospitality. “Each year, our team members proudly raise funds to support Burger King Scholars. It’s not only fulfilling to support students and employees in their pursuit of education but also inspiring to witness the collective impact generated by our team members and guests in cities nationwide.”
The Burger King Foundation Scholarship program is the Burger King 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. In total, with support of local Burger King owners across the U.S. and Canada, the Burger King Foundation has awarded $35 million in scholarships over the last decade.
For more information on the program, including the 2023 scholarship application details, visit https://www.burgerkingfoundation.org/
About GPS Hospitality
Founded in 2012, GPS Hospitality is a BURGER KING®, Pizza Hut®, and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen franchisee, operating more than 475 restaurants in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, 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 visit www.gpshospitality.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About the Burger King℠ Foundation
The Burger King℠ Foundation is a U.S. based 501(c)(3) public nonprofit that believes without education you limit your potential to be your own way. Inspired by BURGER KING® Restaurant’s co-founder, Jim McLamore, its mission is to create brighter futures by empowering individuals and feeding potential through education and emergency relief. As a global Foundation, the Burger King℠ Foundation partners with select nonprofits focusing on scholarships, literacy, and creating sustainable learning environments. To learn more, visit www.burgerkingfoundation.org
About BURGER KING®
Founded in 1954, the Burger King brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original Home of The Whopper®, the Burger King system operates more than 18,200 locations in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. Almost 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 the Burger King brand, please visit the Burger King brand website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.