McDonald’s selects Thomaston employee for $2,500 scholarship

May 11, 2017
Courtesy of: Rinck Advertising Kyle Long, second from left, holds a ceremonial $2,500 scholarship check with the management team at the Thomaston McDonald’s. With Long, from left, are Sarah Hafford, supervisor; Stacy Harris, general manager; Ron Lydick, owner/operator; and Rhonda Sprague, operations manager.

Thomaston — Oceanside High School senior and Thomaston McDonald’s employee Kyle Long was recently selected as the Maine recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from the McDonald’s National Employee Scholarship Program.

Each academic year, one McDonald’s employee from each state receives a scholarship from the national program, which recognizes the accomplishments of McDonald's student employees who excel in their studies, serve their communities, and work hard to deliver an outstanding experience for the company's customers.

Long is a cum laude honors graduate in the Oceanside High School class of 2017. He began working at McDonald’s three years ago and is currently a shift manager. He plans to attend the University of Southern Maine in the fall.

The National Employee Scholarship Program is open to all current McDonald's hourly employees who work at least 15 hours per week and have worked for a minimum of four months at McDonald's.

Applicants must be a high school senior, a current or returning student attending or planning to attend an accredited institution offering post-secondary education and/or career training and instruction and must be employed by McDonald’s at the time the scholarship awards are announced.

McDonald’s also provides education assistance through its Archways to Opportunity program, and through Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information on these opportunities, visit and

Kyle Long reacts as he enters the Thomaston McDonald’s Wednesday for a surprise event to celebrate the $2,500 scholarship he recently received from the McDonald’s National Employee Scholarship Program. Restaurant Supervisor Sarah Hafford looks on. (Courtesy of: Rinck Advertising)
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