Local high school senior Sophie Kalscheur is the recent recipient of a $2,500 McDonald’s national employee scholarship.
The home-schooled student who lives in Greenwood works at the independently owned McDonald’s at County Line Road and Madison Avenue on the Southside.
She is among several employees working at independently owned McDonald’s restaurants nationwide who earned scholarships for their outstanding contributions, scholastic achievements and community involvement. The program is part of McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program.
“McDonald’s continues to provide me with opportunities to learn and grow,” Kalscheur said in a press statement. “This restaurant offers flexible hours, which allow me to work my schedule around my classes and other responsibilities. The experience will serve me in my college classes and beyond.”
Home-schooled through St. Mary’s, Kalscheur has worked at McDonald’s since 2017. She plans to attend Marian University, major in history and pursue a career as a museum curator. Local McDonald’s owner/operator Pete Wojtowicz recommended Murphy to receive this scholarship.
“Sophie exemplifies the qualities of a true leader,” Wojtowicz said. “She has done an outstanding job both in the restaurant and in school, using lessons from both to reach her goals.”
In April, McDonald’s Corporation announced it will allocate $150 million over five years to the education program, providing nearly 400,000 employees with access to the program.
Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 restaurants in the U.S. are independently owned.