McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii Aims to Inspire Youth to Achieve Their Educational Dreams with Education Workshop (October 28, 2016)

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Media Contacts:

Sherri Rigg

(808) 543-3519

(808) 782-5180


Mylen Yamamoto

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Students and Parents Are Invited to Attend a Free College Workshop on November 12

HONOLULU — McDonald’s® popular Education Workshop Series is making its first trip to Hawaii! The workshop is geared towards helping parents and students gain tools and resources to better equip them in the pursuit of higher education.

 The workshop will feature essential resources and expert tips on topics such as how to get into the college of your choice, the college admissions process, financial aid and scholarships. It will be held on Saturday, November 12 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event is open to students of all ages.

“McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii is honored to sponsor this prestigious Education Workshop which has helped students from across the country reach their academic goals,” said Melanie Okazaki, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii’s Regional Marketing Manager. “Our company is thrilled to play a role in equipping families with the tools they need to make informed decisions on higher education.”

Education Workshop facilitators will discuss the college admissions process, walking students through information from grades, test scores and class rank, to the importance of recommendations and extracurricular involvement. Students also will have a chance to speak with representatives from various colleges to obtain scholarship information.

Attendees can also expect to hear from a wide array of unique speakers in both traditional and non-traditional fields. These speakers will inspire and empower students and parents, encouraging them to pursue education while keeping sight of their dreams.

To register for the Education Workshop and review a timeline of speakers and breakout session topics, visit: Space is limited so early registration is recommended.

Sponsoring the Education Workshop is just one of the many ways McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii is displaying their commitment to helping students reach their academic goals. McDonald’s also supports employee education through the Archways to Opportunity™ program, which helps employees further their careers both at McDonald’s and elsewhere. As participants in the program, employees are able to pursue a high school diploma and an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, as well as improve their English-language skills. Additionally, since 1995, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships under the Employee Scholarship Program.

Families can expect to learn more about the programs McDonald’s offers its employees at the upcoming Education Workshop. Several former McDonald’s scholarship recipients will be on hand to share their personal stories and tips to successfully prepare scholarship applications.

Join the McDonald’s Education Workshop conversation on Twitter @McDonaldsHawaii. Students and families who want to learn more about the 2016 McDonald’s Education Workshop schedule are encouraged to reach out to Sherri Rigg at and/or Mylen Yamamoto at

Since 2008, McDonald’s has remained committed to being a part of students’ journey to grow and succeed through its support of the Education Workshop Series. In addition to the workshop scheduled in Hawaii, 15 other workshops were held in California, Georgia, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, Texas, Oregon, Virginia and Boston.

About McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii has 82 restaurants and more than 5,200 employees in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. In Hawaii alone, the company has 74 restaurants and more than 4,600 employees. McDonald’s total economic impact on the state yearly, directly and indirectly, is about $370 million in spending and nearly 12,000 jobs in the community. McDonald’s prides itself on offering career opportunities to employees, with most managers staying with the company for more than 18 years. Follow McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii on Twitter at @McDonaldsHawaii.


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