Twelve eastern North Carolina students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina and local McDonald’s owner/operators for outstanding academic achievement and community involvement.
All scholarship recipients were recognized for their achievements at an awards banquet last week at the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina in Greenville on Moye Blvd with guest speaker the Voice of the Pirates Jeff Charles.
RMHC scholarship recipients were chosen based on their leadership skills, academic success, community involvement, financial need and a personal essay describing how they intend to make a difference in society.
In addition to the RMHC Scholars, seven local McDonald’s employees were awarded with $1,000 Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Award Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to McDonald’s employees who are furthering their secondary education and have made significant contributions to their communities and achieved academic success.
"Through programs like this and other local education-based initiatives, McDonald’s owner/operators in eastern N.C. are committed to supporting our students' pursuits of their higher education goals,” said eastern N.C. McDonald’s owner/operator Lisa Mckenzie.
This year’s local RMHC Scholars are:
Passion Waiters, Kinston
Venessa Watson, Kenly
Carmerci Jimenez, Magnolia
Michaela Davis, Roper
Carson Peele, Williamston
This year’s Ray Kroc Scholarship recipients include:
Christina Young, Dudley
Arneisha Smallwood, Edenton
Dereese Atkinson, Goldsboro
Robynique Willis-Brown, Greenville
Christopher Bell Jr., Kinston
Elizabeth Best, Mt. Olive
Katie Hardison, Mt. Olive