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McDonald's USA, Keke Palmer Team Up To Award $220K In Grants To Young Black Leaders Changing The World

Just as young Black leaders deserve their flowers, financial support is incredibly beneficial to their journey. Following this sentiment, McDonald’s USA and Keke Palmer recently teamed up to help those impacting the community to continue doing just that.

Jul 8, 2022

Roland S. Martin Joins McDonald’s USA To Provide Over $100K In Scholarships To HBCU Students

Roland S. Martin is teaming up with McDonald’s USA to help out Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). According to an official press release, the partnership will distribute over $100,000 in scholarships to shining juniors and seniors attending HBCUs. The contribution will celebrate Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and their 115 years of scholarship and Black excellence. The aim is to ensure the financial challenges impacting many HBCU students will be addressed by providing financial relief. “HBCUs and their students are vital to the fabric of our nation and I will always champion for their success,” said the media mogul and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Roland S. Martin, in a statement. “I’ve witnessed first-hand the financial struggle that impacts Black college students, especially those in their final semesters. So, I’m pleased to partner with McDonald’s and TMCF to celebrate my beloved fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, and provide a resource that will...

Feb 1, 2022

McDonald's USA, Thurgood Marshall College Fund Partner to Offer $500K in Scholarships to HBCU Students

McDonald’s USA is kicking off its Black & Positively Golden Scholarship Program for the second year in a row by offering $500,000 in scholarships to incoming and current HBCU students in an effort to uplift the next generation of leaders. This generous initiative — in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) — is McDonald’s way of strengthening its relationship with HBCUs and elevating Black communities by helping them pursue their dreams of earning a higher education. “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 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...

Apr 1, 2021

Desiree Ralls-Morrison Has Been Named As McDonald's New General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

McDonald’s announced the appointment of Desiree Ralls-Morrison as its general counsel and corporate secretary, Ralls-Morrison most recently served as the general counsel and corporate secretary for the Boston Scientific Corporation for the past three years, and she previously served as general counsel of Johnson & Johnson’s consumer sector. Based at McDonald’s Chicago headquarters, Ralls-Morrison will oversee the company’s global legal operations and corporate governance. “McDonald’s role in communities is known throughout the world, and I am proud and humbled to be joining a company with such an immense impact,” Ralls-Morrison said in a statement. “The challenges are complex, but the opportunities are significant.” Ralls-Morrison’s work has always been rooted in helping communities thrive. She is a founding Member of The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund in Massachusetts and she previously served as a director for The Partnership, which helps boost minority...

Mar 30, 2021

This Mother and Her Two Daughters Own Every McDonald's in the City of Compton

Patricia Williams opened her first McDonald’s franchise store in 1984. Today, Williams and her daughters Nicole Enearu and Kerri Harper-Howie own every McDonald’s in the city of Compton, according to Black Business. Williams and her daughters, who began working with her in 2000, have successfully opened 13 stores, generated almost $50 million in revenue and have employed over 700 people. Williams’ journey started over 30 years ago. She and her husband — inspired by family members who already owned McDonald’s franchises — cashed out their retirement plans and set out to open their first store. Their risk reaped major rewards, as the McDonald’s brand grew throughout the 1980s, Williams and her husband were able to purchase a second store before making another bold business move. When her marriage ended, Williams bought her husband’s share in their business, sold their stores and opened five more. This leap of faith required her to take out a small business loan, attend the required...

Mar 23, 2021

McDonald’s Extends Support to HBCUs After Launching $500K Scholarship Fund

McDonald’s USA is doing its part to support the next generation of Black leaders creating a better tomorrow. By way of its recently announced $500,000 Black & Positively Golden HBCU scholarship fund, McDonald’s USA has announced expansion efforts of its longstanding commitment to support HBCU students, alumni, and women entrepreneurs. A press release shares that the company and its owner/operators have teamed up with ESSENCE Girls United, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and iHeartMedia for a special partnership to help award additional scholarship funds to students. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Black & Positively Golden ✨ (@wearegolden) According to McDonald’s USA , this initiative builds upon its commitment to support and uplift the Black community, offering mentorship opportunities, seed capital for entrepreneurs, and college scholarships. “We are honored to partner with Essence Girls United, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and iHeart Media to provide...

Oct 13, 2020