Whataburger has invested in its employees and their immediate family members by offering scholarships through its Whataburger Family Foundation.
The foundation has announced the distribution of more than $1 million from its Whataburger Scholarship Program to employees and families for the 2020-2021 school year, the release said.
Scholarships were awarded to 268 students from Florida to Arizona, including Chandrell Powers, Abcde Espinoza and Josue Guajardo.
“My career goal is to become established in a respected company and one day start up my own business to offer jobs to a lot of the kids back home,” said Whataburger employee and scholarship recipient Josue Guajardo, pursuing a degree in electrical engineering at the University of Texas, in a prepared statement.
“I want to show them that anything can be achieved through hard work – that your story’s ending is always more important than the beginning.”
The foundation, created in 2003, provides opportunities and assistance for employees, and is funded by a combination of corporate investment and voluntary employee contributions. Through the Whataburger Scholarship Program, the foundation has provided over $7 million in scholarships to more than 2,700 employees and immediate family members, the release said.
“The Whataburger Family Foundation is largely funded by our own employees, who we call Family Members, so this is an incredible demonstration of coworkers supporting one another in reaching their education and career goals,” said Pam Cox, Whataburger vice president of human resources and brand communication, in a prepared statement.
“At Whataburger we believe in offering our Family Members a career – not just a job. In addition to awarding scholarships, we provide a unique leadership curriculum to further develop our Family Members’ business and people skills.”
Whataburger’s Family Foundation is a facet of a larger initiative called Feeding Student Success, which the company has designated $1 million to directly support minority students, the release added.
The company will announce more details about Feeding Student Success in August at: https://stories.whataburger.com/college-dreams-fueled-by-whataburger/.