Juan Lopez of Dalton High School is the recipient of a Burger King McLamore Foundation scholarship.
GPS Hospitality, a franchisee, awarded the scholarship to Lopez.
Funded solely through local restaurants' guest donations, students named Burger King Scholars receive $1,000 scholarships to further their educational advancement.
Recipients were selected by the foundation based on their grade point average, extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.
"Today with the assistance of the McLamore Foundation, we honor 173 scholars for their academic achievements, as well as recognize the countless hours our restaurant teams have put in to fund the scholarships," said Tom Garrett, CEO of GPS Hospitality. "With the generosity of our guests, the teams executed successful in-restaurant campaigns with each $1 donation collectively supporting the scholars' future endeavors, as well as making a lasting impact for both the recipients and their families."
"These students represent top talent across the nation who are working towards creating a brighter future for everyone," said Amanda Israel, executive director, Burger King McLamore Foundation.
GPS Hospitality restaurants participated in both the spring and fall McLamore Foundation fundraisers in 2018, which generated $173,000 from $1 donations.
The Burger King Scholars program is the Burger King McLamore Foundation's flagship program, established to honor the legacy of the Burger King brand's co-founder James W. McLamore.
For more information on the program, including instructions for scholarship applications, visit https://bk-scholars.com.