2019 McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden® scholarship recipients (left to right: Jordyn Allen and Jaiden Boyce) at last year’s Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans.

McDonald’s Scholarships and Economic Opportunities

McDonald’s and its franchisees bring positive economic opportunities to the neighborhoods they serve in numerous ways, including hiring directly from the community, providing scholarships and engaging in other philanthropic activities that provide access to education, empowerment and entrepreneurship.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

With a strong belief that education is the key to success, McDonald’s launches the $500,000 Black & Positively Golden Scholarship Fund. In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the scholarship will help students attending the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continue their education this fall, despite impacts of COVID-19. Scholarships will be distributed for the 2020-2021 academic year.

HBCU students can apply for the Black & Positively Golden® scholarship now through August 3, 2020.

Archways to Opportunity

The Archways to Opportunity program provides eligible employees at participating U.S. restaurants an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education/career advising services and learn English as a second language. Since 2015, the education program has increased access to education for over 38,500 people and awarded over 58 million dollars in high school and college tuition assistance.