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Applying for the Burger King Scholars Program

Applying for the Burger King Scholars Program

This article contains information for the application of the Burger King Scholars Program.

The Burger King Scholars program offers high school students, BK employees, and their families scholarships between $1,000 to $50,000. Scholarships are meant to help pay for post-secondary vocational or technical school or college. Through an application procedure, recipients are chosen based on their grade point average (GPA), employment history, extracurricular involvement, and community service. The Foundation alone gave roughly 4,000 students over $4.6 million in scholarships in 2022.

The Foundation has been able to positively impact the communities where we work and live in collaboration with Burger King Corporation staff members, franchisees, suppliers, and customers. The BURGER KINGSM Family Fund and the BKSM Scholars program are currently managed by the Foundation.

Scholarship America is in charge of managing this scholarship program. Awards are given out regardless of country origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, or any other factor.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

BURGER KING  General High School Senior Track – Available to all high school seniors who meet the criteria below.
Applicants must-

  • Be living in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, or Canada
  • Be graduating high school seniors (U.S., Puerto Ric,o and Guam), graduating from grade 12 (Canada), or graduating from home school education in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, or Canada
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent
  • Plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2023-24 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school or CEGEP or equivalent in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, or Canada

BURGER KING  Employee-Based Track

Note: The Employee-Based Track will have two components as follows.

1) Employees, spouses or domestic partners of employees, and dependent children of employees pursuing a traditional postsecondary education

Applicants must-

  • Be living in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, or Canada
  • Be an employee of Burger King Corporation or a participating BURGER KING franchisee (Franchisees)
    OR
  • Be a spouse (unless legally separated) or domestic partner** of an employee* of Burger King Corporation or Franchisees
    OR
  • Be a dependent child of an employee of Burger King Corporation or Franchisees (Designated Employer)
    AND
  • Be graduating high school seniors (U.S., Puerto Rico, and Guam) or have attained a GED, graduating from grade 12 (Canada), graduating from home school education in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Canada or current college undergraduates or graduate level students in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam or Canada
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent
  • Plan to enroll**** for the 2023-24 academic year at an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school or CEGEP or equivalent in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, or Canada.

ALSO NOTE

Employees must be active on Designated Employer’s payroll for at least 3 months as of the application deadline date and employed at the time awards are verified.

Domestic partner is defined as (i) Employee’s sole Domestic Partner and intends to remain so indefinitely; (ii) Employee and Domestic Partner reside together in the same principal residence and intend to reside together indefinitely; (iii) Employee and Domestic Partner are both at least eighteen (18) years old and mentally competent to consent to a contract; (iv) Employee and Domestic Partner are not related by blood in a close enough manner that would bar marriage under applicable law in effect where they reside; and (v) Employee and Domestic Partner are not legally married to anyone else and are not involved in any other Domestic Partnership.

Dependent children are defined as biological, step- or legally adopted children living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee.

Employees and their spouse/domestic partner may be enrolled part-time or full-time. Children of employees must be enrolled full-time, without interruption, for the entire academic year.

2) Employees and spouses or domestic partners of employees pursuing an enrichment program (Enrichment programs include, but are not limited to, language, computer, and accounting courses.)

Applicants must-

  • Be living in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, or Canada
  • Be an employee* of Burger King Corporation or a participating BURGER KING® franchisee (Franchisees)
    OR
  • Be a spouse (unless legally separated) or domestic partner** of an employee* of Burger King Corporation or Franchisee (Designated Employer)
    AND
  • Plan to enroll less than part-time or on an intermittent basis in GED, enrichment, certification, or other course that enhances learning during the 2023-24 academic year (Note: Program or course must be taken at an accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam or Canada.)

At the time of the application deadline, employees had to have been on the payroll of the Designated Employer for at least three months. They also had to be working when the awards were initially announced.

A domestic partner is defined as (i) Employee’s sole Domestic Partner and intends to remain so indefinitely; (ii) Employee and Domestic Partner reside together in the same principal residence and intend to do so indefinitely; (iii) Employee and Domestic Partner are both at least eighteen (18) years old and mentally capable to consent to a contract; and (iv) Employee and Domestic Partner are not related by blood in a way that would be incompatible with marriage under state law. Recipients will be chosen from both BURGER KING General High School Senior Track and BURGER KING Employee-Based Track applicants based upon the following criteria. Recipients must be:

  • Citizens of the United States or Canada
  • Students who are seniors at a high school or home school in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, or Canada
  • Students who are applying as a full-time freshman to a four-year accredited, college or university that is located in the United States or Canada
  • Students who have a cumulative unweighted grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent
  • Students who demonstrate an active leadership role in community service, athletics, and/or similar co-curricular activity (such as student government, team sports, fraternal life, etc); and
  • Students who demonstrate substantial work experience and financial need

Applicable to all tracks:

Applicant submissions will be capped at 50,000. Access to the application will no longer be available once this number is reached.

Officers, directors, spouses/domestic partners, and children of officers and directors of the BURGER KING Foundation are ineligible to apply for a scholarship.

SELECTION OF RECIPIENTS

All applicants will be required to complete the application in English, Spanish, or French. Incomplete/non-submitted applications will not be processed.

Applicants will be separated into the following pools. The evaluation and selection of recipients for each pool of applicants are provided below.

  • BURGER KING General Track: consideration will be given to each applicant’s academic record (40%), participation in school/community activities and work experience (40%), and financial need (20%)
  • BURGER KING  Employee-Based Track for children of employees, spouse/domestic partner of employees, and employees pursuing a traditional postsecondary education: consideration will be given to each applicant’s academic record (40%), participation in school/community activities and work experience (40%) and financial need (20%)
  • BURGER KING Employee-Based Track for employees or spouse/domestic partner of employees pursuing an enrichment program: consideration will be given to each applicant’s participation in school and community activities (40%), and the employee’s length of service with Designated Employer (40%) and financial need (20%)
  • James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship: consideration will be given to each applicant’s academic record (40%), participation in school/community activities and work experience (40%), and financial need (20%). Financial needs will be considered

ALSO

Following the application submission deadline date, Scholarship America will review applications for eligibility. Scholarship America will make the following award selections:

  • Up to 3 James W. McLamore WHOPPER scholarships of $50,000 granted to the most highly qualified students demonstrating leadership, substantial work experience, and financial need
  • Up to twelve (12) Regional awards of $5,000 (2 awards per region) granted to the most qualified employees in each of six (6) regions from the pool of submitted and eligible applicants
  •  Up to six (6) King Awards at $10,000 granted to the top employees (1 award per region)
  • There are several special-named awards for various franchisees which are determined annually based on funds raised

Franchisees of the BURGER KING system and BURGER KING Foundation will designate a preference for recipients of $1,000 awards by:

  • General High School Track – By high school zip code, county, and/or state (U.S., Puerto Rico, and Guam) of the city, and/or province (Canada), of the participating restaurant locations, awards of $1,000 will be given to students. Based on donations made as of the current calendar year, the number of awards available to each Franchisee and Burger King Corporation will be determined.
  • Employee-Based Track – An organization of franchisees will designate. Employees who have associated themselves with a participating Franchisee or BKC will be given awards of up to $1,000 each. The number of awards given to each pool of applicants—children of employees, employees, employee’s spouses or domestic partners pursuing a traditional postsecondary education, and employees, employee’s spouses or domestic partners pursuing an enrichment program—will, to the extent possible, be proportional to the number of applicants received from each pool. For part-time students or participants in enrichment programs, the grant amount cannot be greater than the program’s cost. The number of awards available to each Franchisee and BKC will be based on fundraising contributions as of the current calendar year.  The maximum percentage of awards that can be designated to the Employee-Based Track is 75%

AWARDS

The authorized distribution for new awards is determined annually based on the amount of funds raised by participating Franchisees.

For awardees in the United States and Canada, all prize checks will be written in USD. Early August will see the mailing of checks to beneficiaries, which will be made out to the student’s school. Checks for participants in enrichment programs will be processed by the student’s desire and by their enrolment.

Awards cannot be delayed and are not renewable. To receive up to four prizes totaling $4,000, the $1,000 Employee-Based Track awardees must reapply to the program each year that they are eligible. Recipients of regional and special-named awards are eligible to reapply for the $1,000 general awards (up to $4,000) and be given consideration.

The employee-based track grants are available for authorized universities’ undergraduate, graduate, and unconventional courses.

Scholarships for the General High School Senior Track are only available for undergraduate studies. Recipients of the General High School Senior Track are only eligible for one award; they are not eligible to apply again.

In May 2023, candidates will be informed of their outcomes. Scholarships won’t be awarded to everyone who applies.

The application period for the 2023-2024 cycle begins October 16, 2023, and closes December 15, 2023.

The program is closed and not accepting new registrations at this time. The application will become available on October 15.

HOW TO APPLY

Start by clicking on the Create an Account link below this paragraph. You will need to create a username and password to register for a student account. Before creating an account for you, you will be alerted via an email validation procedure. And you must use a legitimate email address.
. The final step in creating your account is to complete the information requested in the student profile.

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You will get access to the application after creating your student account and filling up your profile. By selecting the Log Out or Save and Log Out links present on the website, you can leave the application process at any time. You must enter the username and password you choose when creating your student account to log in. You may wish to gather the following information that will be needed for the application process:

  • A list of your work experiences and involvement in school and community activities
  • A current (official or unofficial) transcript of grades
  • BURGER KING employee information if your application is to be affiliated with an employee

Before submitting your application, carefully review it. Printing a paper copy of your application to save for your records is something we strongly advise. It is not necessary to send Scholarship America or the BURGER KING Foundation printed copies of the online application.

To apply, all pages with mandatory fields must be filled in the manner specified. When entering data, standard capitalization (Jill Smith, 101 Main Street, New York, NY) must be utilized. There are no more amendments allowed after the application has been submitted.

DO I NEED TO SUBMIT ANY DOCUMENTS?

Absolutely, You must attach a current, comprehensive high school or college transcript of grades along with your application. Reports of grades are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must include the following information: student name, school name, grades, and credit hours for each course and term taken.

Your application is not complete unless submitted electronically on or before December 15, 2023. If 50,000 applications are received before December 15, the application will no longer be available.

All information required for the application process must be gathered and submitted by applicants alone. All applications received will be acknowledged through email by Scholarship America. Applications that are still incomplete at the deadline for submissions or after receiving 50,000 entries won’t be handled. Only Scholarship America reviews all submitted information. Representatives of Burger King Corporation and/or BURGER KING Foundation, as well as the relevant contributors, franchisees, or other designees, will only be given a limited amount of recipient information.

NOTIFICATION OF APPLICANTS

By May, an email will be sent to every applicant. If you are chosen as a possible beneficiary, Scholarship America will need more information from you. Recipients who don’t supply more information won’t be eligible. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

AWARD PAYMENT

  • Payment is made in one installment in early August
  • Checks are mailed from Scholarship America to each recipient’s home address
  • Checks are made payable to the college for the student
  • Scholarship America issues scholarship checks on behalf of the BURGER KING Foundation

Note: James W. McLamore WHOPPER  recipients and employee recipients taking enrichment courses will have different payment schedules.

RECIPIENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Recipients must submit a completed Scholarship Acceptance Form to Scholarship America by the indicated deadline
  • Recipients must notify their college or university about the award and deliver the scholarship check to the school promptly
  • Recipients must notify Scholarship America of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information
  • Recipients will be asked to participate in surveys while they receive the awards and for up to two years beyond their enrollment. Recipients have no other obligation to BURGER KING Foundation

SEE ALSO:

Steps to apply for the Questbridge Scholarship

Applying for a Marshall Scholarship

Criteria for Applying the Truman Scholarship

Zell Miller Scholarship Application Process

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