Lowcountry McDonald’s Restaurants Recognize Their First Class of Scholarship Recipients

Ronald McDonald recognized local scholarship recipients Ziaire A. O'Brien and Andray L. Holmes. From Left to Right: Laura and Michael Eggers (Owners of the Port Royal, Lady's Island and Wal-Mart McDonald's), Andray Holmes (Manager of the Lady's Island McDonald's), Eydie Moody (Mother of Ziaire O'Brien), and Ronald McDonald. Holmes attends Park University, majoring in Business Management. He was a former Beaufort High School student.

Ziaire O'Brien is an employee of the Port Royal McDonald's and First-Year cadet at The Citadel. O'Brien was unable to attend the ceremony, because he'd already started school at the Military College of South Carolina. O'Brien was a Commanding Officer in the ROTC at Battery Creek High School.

The Savannah Area McDonald’s Operators Association, which stretches through southeast South Carolina, has announced their first class of recipients in their local scholarship program and is awarding more than $50,000.

Local McDonald’s Owner/Operators have been developing a way to support this annual scholarship program for about five years, and are now able to award over $50,000 in scholarships per year to eligible employees and their dependents. Participating restaurants range from Darien to Vidalia, Ga., to Point South and Hampton, S.C. Each recipient will receive $1,200 towards their education, and can be used towards room and board, books, and more.

“Getting an education is very important in today’s world. Whether they come back to us with their business degrees, or begin their careers elsewhere, we’re proud that they got their start with us at McDonald’s,” said local Owner/Operator Michael Eggers.

Eligible employees and their dependants can apply online through their local restaurant’s website. Once their applications are submitted, they are reviewed by a third-party company that administers the program. Requirements to receive the scholarship state that the employee must be working in their restaurant for at least three months, work an average of 20-hours per week, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be at least a high school senior, and have plans to attend an accredited institution.

“One of our scholarship recipients has already left for school, but they’re aware that they are part of our first class of scholarship winners,” said Laura Eggers. “We’re very pleased we can help our employees accomplish their goals, we wish them well as they embark on a new journey.” Michael and Laura Eggers are a husband and wife franchisee-duo in the Beaufort Area.

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