The Burger KingSM Foundation

The Foundation was established in 2005 in honor of co-founder James “Jim” McLamore to create brighter futures by empowering individuals and feeding potential through education and emergency relief. The Burger King Foundation is a non-profit organization, and a leader in education, active in 42 countries around the world. Since inception, over 250,000 children and families have been supported through education programs and employee emergency relief grants.

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Burger King Scholars Program

In North America, the Burger King Scholars program provides scholarships to deserving high school seniors and Burger King corporate and franchisee employees. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $50,000 USD and since 2000, the program has provided nearly $55 million USD in financial support to 48,000 students. Scholars are selected based on academics, financial need, and community service and/or work experience. The program is supported each year by franchisees, vendors, and guests in Burger King communities; every dollar raised in Burger King restaurants goes directly to fund local scholarships.

Each year, the top three student applicants receive the James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship Award of $50,000 USD, which is funded generously by the McLamore Family Foundation.

The Foundation also awards $150,000 USD in scholarships to the top student winners of the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s National ProStart Invitational. A $1,000 Burger King Scholars award goes to finalists and teams participating from all 50 states.




Literacy Program

Globally, the Burger KingSM Foundation partners with select non-profits to support education, focusing on literacy and youth development. We’ve completed 229 education projects around the world including building schools, libraries, funding curriculum, and supporting education for students in rural communities.



Burger King Family Fund

The Fund is the Foundation’s emergency grant program, created to help Burger King® restaurant team members in times of needs and unexpected hardship. Grants are intended to assist with short-term, immediate needs, including rebuilding after house fires, deaths, natural disasters, medical emergencies, and more. Since 2005, we’ve provided over $2.5 million USD in grants to restaurant team members.



Burger King Community Initiatives

In addition to the Burger KingSM Foundation, Burger King Corporation and restaurant owners support numerous local and regional initiatives across the globe each year. Efforts such as in-restaurant fundraising allow us to make lasting impacts in the communities we are proud to be a part of.