Six Socorro Independent School District students are recipients of the 2019 Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship.
Jimena Mendez, Celeste Soto, Nathalie Valencia, Adriana Villalobos and Samantha Ortiz were among the 19 scholarship recipients this school year.
“We believe it’s important to invest in students’ futures because they are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Joe Labrado, director of operations for Burger King. “We are proud partners in education of SISD, and we are happy to give back to the schools because we are part of the community.”
The program, in memory of the restaurant’s founder James “Jim” McLamore, awarded $3.7 million to more than 3,400 students in North America this school year. Since its inception in 2000, 33,000 high school students have been awarded more than $35 million in scholarships.
“I was awarded $1,000 from Burger King,” said Valencia, a Socorro High School student. “This is my first scholarship and I am really grateful for Burger King because they believed in me. They gave me this opportunity that proves I am worth receiving a scholarship and they contributed to my education.”
The scholarship funds are raised though the National Canister Program in the fall, in which customers donate their change at every store. Burger King also sells coupon booklets every October for $1.
“Whatever we raise locally stays locally,” Labrado said.