Miami--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Have It Your Way Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of the BURGER KING(R) brand, announced today the launch of its annual Fall Fundraiser, the largest in-restaurant promotion hosted by the Foundation in support of the BURGER KING(R) Scholars Program, which provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors in communities across the nation.
For each $1 donation made at participating BURGER KING(R) restaurants from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2008, guests will receive a coupon book containing eight value-sized french fry coupons. The net proceeds will be used to fund educational scholarships through the BURGER KING(R) Scholars Program.
The BURGER KING(R) system has long-supported education in the communities which it serves. All U.S. company restaurants and participating franchise-owned restaurants, along with corporate sponsor H.J. Heinz, have come together to help further support education in their local communities.
The BURGER KING(R) Scholars Program provides $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA, who work part-time, demonstrate financial need and participate in community and/or extracurricular activities. Graduating seniors throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada are eligible for the scholarships and recipients do not have to be employed at a BURGER KING(R) restaurant. The BURGER KING(R) Scholars Program has granted more than $11.7 million in scholarships since its inception in 2000.
"The goal of the BURGER KING(R) Scholars Program is to help alleviate some of the financial burden of the rising cost of higher education," said Ivette Diaz, executive director, HAVE IT YOUR WAY(R) Foundation. "Through the Fall Fundraiser, Burger King Corp., our franchisees and guests have the opportunity to help support education in the local communities where we work and live."
Current high school seniors planning to graduate in the spring of 2009 may obtain more information on the BURGER KING(R) Scholars Program and apply online by logging onto www.bk.com/scholars or by calling 305/378-3186. The 2009 scholarship recipients will be announced in April of next year.
Scholarship funds come directly from the HAVE IT YOUR WAY(R) Foundation. In addition, company- and franchise-owned BURGER KING(R) restaurants throughout the country host a variety of fundraising activities, which also help fund scholarships each year.
The HAVE IT YOUR WAY(R) Foundation is a 501(C) (3) not-for-profit public charity, whose mission is to make a positive impact in the communities in which we work and live in collaboration with the extended BURGER KING(R) family. The HAVE IT YOUR WAY(R) Foundation supports non-profit organizations operating in the United States, whose programs help make a difference in the community at large. The BURGER KING(R) Scholars Program is the Foundation's educational cornerstone with a focus on improving education by providing scholarship awards to deserving high school seniors across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. To learn more about the HAVE IT YOUR WAY(R) Foundation, visit www.haveityourwayfoundation.org or call 305/378-3186.
The BURGER KING(R) system operates more than 11,500 restaurants in all 50 states and in 71 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING(R) restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. In 2008, Fortune magazine ranked Burger King Corp. among America's 1,000 largest corporations. To learn more about Burger King Corp. please visit the company's Web site at www.bk.com.
Source: Burger King Corporation