Florida A&M University (FAMU) senior political science student Adrianna Bayles is among the McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Scholarship winners.
Bayles is among 34 of America’s brightest historically Black college and university (HBCU) students who were each awarded a $15,000 McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Scholarship, facilitated by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).
Scholarship recipients were also surprised with a school supply delivery to their doorsteps, which included a tablet with a special congratulatory video featuring entertainment celebrities and fellow HBCU alumni, including Terrence J, Ashley Blaine Featherson, KJ Smith, Quad Webb and David Banner, along with TMCF and McDonald’s representatives.
Bayles of Birmingham, Ala., is a resident assistant in Polkinghorne Village. She hopes to attend law school after she graduates in spring 2021.
In her scholarship application, Bayles wrote: “I attended an HBCU because I wanted to be fully immersed in an educational system that caters to the needs of minority students. After much consideration, Florida A&M University became my home due to its dedication to high-quality, affordable education. Although it was the dynamic educational structure that led me to my HBCU, I have received much beyond that while at FAMU.”
She said HBCUs serve as a haven for minority students to discuss the issues that are most important to them.
“So it is no surprise that with open and honest discussion comes passion and purpose,” she wrote. “After engaging in heated class discussions and humbling community service, I realized that the issue of generational wealth in the black community was of the utmost importance to me.”
In mid-October, McDonald’s USA, through its Black & Positively Golden movement, announced the expansion of its longstanding efforts to support students and alumni of HBCUs. Building on the $500,000 Black & Positively Golden HBCU scholarship fund, the company and its owner/operators have partnered with ESSENCE Girls United, TMCF and iHeart Media to help the next generation of leaders take steps today to own tomorrow.
These special partnerships build on McDonald’s commitment to supporting and uplifting the Black community by providing mentorship opportunities, seed capital for entrepreneurs, college scholarships and feel
good moments like the in-progress, virtual 14th Annual McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour.
“We are honored to partner with Essence Girls United, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and iHeart Media to provide opportunities for HBCU students and alumni along their education, leadership and entrepreneurship journey,” said Margaret “Marty” Gillis, New Jersey owner/operator and Owner/Operator Marketing Committee lead. “McDonald’s and its owner/operators are committed to fostering the communities we serve while furthering Black excellence through initiatives like our HBCU programs that are positively shaping communities and lives.”