National Black McDonald’s Operators Association Announces Awarding of $5,000 Scholarships to Deserving HBCU Students

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Scholarships support 12 African American students pursuing hospitality careers

UNCF (United Negro College Fund, Inc.), the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association (NBMOA) and their partner, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, are proud to announce the funding and awarding of 12 $5,000 scholarships to deserving African American HBCU students pursuing degrees and careers in hospitality management. Over its seven-year partnership with UNCF, NBMOA has positively impacted the lives of 62 HBCU students through the NBMOA Dr Pepper Hospitality Scholars program; this year, it adds 12 more students to this tradition with the awarding of the scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.

In strong support of the UNCF mission of getting minority students to and through college, the NBMOA Dr Pepper Hospitality Scholars Program is open to African American rising college freshmen, sophomores and juniors attending any accredited HBCU. These 12 deserving students were awarded scholarships based on a demonstrated financial need. These students were also required to have at least a 2.8 GPA and major in accounting, business, hospitality management, hotel management, marketing or restaurant management.

NBMOA was established in 1972 as a way to gather together a consortium of black leaders to collectively affect positive change within the communities in which they live and serve. Today, NBMOA is comprised of more than 300 franchisees in nearly all 50 states, many of whom are HBCU graduates. With the awarding of these 12 scholarships, NBMOA and UNCF are sending a strong message about the importance of African American representation within the hospitality industry and their hopes for a future that places black leaders at the helm of this ever-expanding industry.

“Getting to and through college is both a daunting and rewarding task. For 7 years, NMBOA has been a vital partner in UNCF’s continuing mission to increase college access and success for deserving students to earn their degrees,” said Michael Lomax, UNCF president and CEO. “The students that NMMOA supports now will become hospitality executives and entrepreneurs sorely needed in this ever-changing global economy. We commend NBMOA for its vital investment in better futures for students across the country.”

Below is the list of the schools where the scholarship recipients are attending:
1.     Bennett College
2.     Clark Atlanta University
3.     Dillard University
4.     Howard University
5.     Jackson State University
6.     Morehouse College
7.     North Carolina Central University
8.     Spelman College
9.     Tuskegee University
10.    Wiley College

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About the NBMOA
For nearly 50 years, the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association (NBMOA) has given back to the communities they serve by providing scholarships, donating time and money to local school districts, hiring minority youth and much more. Today, NBMOA is one of the largest and most successful African American business organizations in the nation.

About UNCF
UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF annually awards $100 million in scholarships and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter, @UNCF.

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