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For the second year, the Northwest Indiana McDonald's (NIMO) and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is offering the HOPE Scholarship to local high school students.
According to a press release, the scholarship program is open to graduating high school seniors living in Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, and Jasper counties. 20 scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to students who have; achieved academic excellence (minimum 3.0 GPA); supported their community through volunteer activities; demonstrated financial need; and plan to pursue a degree in business management, hospitality or agricultural studies--"three areas of study that reflect the core business of both McDonalds and the Food Bank," according to Bob Mazzaro, president of NIMO.
Arleen Peterson, Executive Director of the Food Bank says, "Given the economic status of many students' families served by the Food Bank, the HOPE Scholarship provides an opportunity to help break the cycle of poverty by investing in students' future academic success."
In addition to the HOPE scholarship program, NIMO also supports the Food Bank's "Pantry On the Go" program as part of its year-round philanthropic commitment. The program is a mobile pantry that distributes free food to residents in Lake and Porter counties, who normally would not have access to a traditional food pantry, according to the release.
Applications for the HOPE Scholarship will be accepted through April 4th, 2014. The 20 scholarship recipients will be announced in early May.
Students interested in the HOPE Scholarship can download the application and full instructions at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana's website:
About Food Bank of Northwest Indiana:
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana supplies food to almost 100 pantries and soup kitchens in Lake and Porter Counties. In addition to distributing food to their member agencies the Food Bank also runs the BackPack, Kid's Cafe, Food Rescue, HOPE Project, Summer Feeding, Family Food Nights, and Pantry on the Go programs and offers pantry referrals. In 2013 the Food Bank distributed over 5 million pound of food, and served over 5,000 individuals a week.
The Northwest Indiana McDonald's Operators are a group of 15 individual owner/operators with more than 50 restaurants throughout Northwest Indiana, including stores as far north as Whiting, west as Munster, south as Rensselaer, and east as La Porte. NIMO manages and facilitates all marketing, community relations, educational and philanthropic programs throughout the region, and is responsible for implementing and maintaining consistency at every Northwest Indiana restaurant.Visit NIMO's social media outlets: Twitter-@McD-NWIndiana; Facebook - facebook.com/McDonalds
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