2021 Burger King Scholars: CMS grads get scholarships

Two Career Magnet School (CMS) graduates — Carson Benedict and Elizabeth Smith — received scholarships from the 2021 Burger King Scholars program.

Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors based on their grade point average and the impact the applicants have on their schools and communities through volunteerism and work experience.

Both recipients have parents who work for local Burger King restaurants. Both graduated from CMS, a part of the Chambersburg Area School District, last month.

Carson Benedict plans to major in Business at Shippensburg University.

“This scholarship lets me stay focused on these community activities instead of worrying about finances all the time,” he said. “I will be able to focus all my time and energy on school and the people around me.”

Elizabeth Smith, the daughter of Petula and Chad Smith, enters Susquehanna University this fall, where she will major in special education.

“I am very thankful that I got this scholarship,” she said. “It will help cover the cost of furthering my education. I know that I have the potential to do to good things and this scholarship will help me get there.”

Burger King employees and their family members pursuing a traditional post-secondary education or enrichment programs can apply for the annual scholarship program.

This year’s 270 winners include 48 employees and 222 seniors in GPS Hospitality’s local communities. The Burger King Foundation scholarships are a community effort, funded completely through guest donations at local restaurants.

Founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded more than $48 million in scholarships to over 42,000 students since that time.

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