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McDonald’s USA Invites You to Nominate an Exceptional Teen Girl for Fourth Annual Community Choice Youth Award

One honoree will receive a $10,000 scholarship and be recognized at McDonald’s 365Black ‘Power of Inspiration’ Awards luncheon during 2017 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®

OAK BROOK, Ill. (May 2, 2017) –  In the spirit of inspiring young women and continuing to give back to their communities, McDonald’s USA, together with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), will recognize one exceptional teen girl through its fourth annual 365Black Community Choice Youth Award. Consumers can visit to nominate a young woman, who is making a positive impact in her community. Nominations are being accepted now through May 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. One will be selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship and be honored alongside celebrities, philanthropists and influencers at the 14th annual 365Black Awards taking place in New Orleans during the 23rd annual ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®. The awards luncheon is themed “Power of Inspiration” and will celebrate all female honorees for the first time in its history. 
The Community Choice Youth Award will honor one female youth nominee, between the ages of 13 and 18, who makes a difference within her community, resulting in significant local, regional, national or global impact. Nominators must complete an entry form, answer three questions about the nominee, and submit a three-minute video highlighting her contribution to the community.
“Young women are learning, leading and making solid contributions in communities across the world. McDonald’s is proud to recognize one excellent young woman through this year’s Community Choice Youth Award,” said Angie Blissett, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. “It’s great to see girls who are raising the bar. Through this award and scholarship, we hope to encourage our honoree to continue to aim high and inspire others to do the same.”
The Community Choice Youth Award aligns with the goals of McDonald’s 365Black Awards program, which salutes outstanding individuals committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. McDonald’s has teamed up with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), a leading advocate for Historically Black Colleges & Universities, which will distribute the $10,000 scholarship to the honoree.
McDonald’s 365Black Awards launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, which celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. To learn more about the Community Choice Youth Award, please visit and follow @365Black on Twitter, using the hashtag #365BlackAwards.
McDonald's USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to approximately 27 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @365Black and Facebook To learn more about the 365Black initiative, visit
About TMCF
Thurgood Marshall College Fund is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the PK-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization.
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Steven Hunter, McDonald’s USA
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