Spotlight on America’s Top Scholarships: Burger King Scholars Program

Burger King Scholars General Track Program

Offered by: Have It Your Way Foundation

About the Organization

Established in October 2005, the Have it Your Way Foundation set out to make a positive impact in communities by providing financial support for other charitable organizations and administering the Burger King Scholars Program. The organization was recently renamed the Burger King McLamore Foundation in order to honor James W. McLamore, co-founder of the Burger King brand, who strongly believed in community service and philanthropy.

Fun Fact: A Whopper originally cost only $0.37.

Scholarship Background

Since 2000, the Burger King Scholars Program has awarded over $15.4 million to high school seniors and employees across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The program aims to embrace the potential of future leaders and is dedicated to helping students defray the cost of college. In 2012, the program awarded a record number of nearly 2,000 scholarships to high school graduates, totaling approximately $2.2 million. For the second year in a row, four major scholarships were awarded, including the $25,000 King Award and three $50,000 James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarships.

Who Qualifies

The Burger King Scholars program is open to graduating high school seniors and home-school students who are residents of the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico. Students should have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or better and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Scholarship recipients are selected based on their GPA, extracurricular activities, community service, and/or work experience. Burger King also offers scholarships to it’s employees and their employees’ children.

Application Process

Once the application period opens, students may apply by completing an online application form. Students should make sure that have submitted all the required materials by the deadline. The online application also allows students to  access their submission and receive status updates. In addition to academic records and an application form, students need to submit letters of reference. Those chosen as semi-finalists will be contacted and asked to provide more information to aid in the final decisions.

Annual Application Window

The application period starts mid-November of each year and closes mid-January.

Tips on How to Win

This scholarship program is very competitive, so it is important to start the application earlier rather than later. Beginning the application early will allow for you to have time to review and revise your work without feeling rushed. Although it seems simple, following directions is the first step to winning over the judging committee. Read through all the guidelines on the website to make sure you aren’t missing any key components. Transcripts and recommendations should be submitted by the appropriate deadline.

There are numerous ways to ensure that your application stands out. The co-founder of Burger King, McLamore, believed in community service and philanthropy, so it only makes sense that Burger King Scholars demonstrate similar beliefs. Students who have participated in community service and actively participate in extracurricular activities likely have higher chances of being chosen, so be sure to highlight all of of the contributions you have made to your school and community. If you haven’t already done so, consider joining a club or  volunteer service organization that aligns with your interests.  Emphasize leadership roles you may have taken on while participating in these activities as it further demonstrates commitment and social responsibility.