Photo credits: McDonald’s Corporation
Though large companies in the fast food industry (such as McDonald’s) get a bad rap for issues regarding the toxicity of their products and the wage controversy surrounding their most diligent employees, these organizations contribute very handsomely to charitable causes.
For an example, McDonald’s has been hosting a charity event yearly called the 365Black Awards, which champions the great accomplishments of students at HBCUs. This year’s 365Black Awards ceremony occurred last month in New Orleans, Louisiana and featured appearances by influential celebrities, such as actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (pictured center) and others. This event was also held in tandem with the annual Essence Music Festival.
One of the award recipients was Tishauna Wilson (pictured second from far right), a 20-year-old technology program developer. Wilson pioneered some well-organized computer science innovations, which were implemented at Florida A&M University.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund sponsored the delivery of a $10,000 McDonald’s HBCU Forward Scholarship, which was presented to Wilson at this year’s 365Black Award show. Wilson started pursuing STEM studies at a very young age. In a recent interview with Black Enterprise Magazine, she talked about her amazing life experiences.
“It’s a verification for me that I’m doing the right thing and [becoming] a role model for younger generations. It feels great,” Wilson said in her exclusive interview with Black Enterprise.
The self-proclaimed “future black female Mark Zuckerberg” also talked to the magazine about what she feels is the key to success in a tech world that lacks racial and gender diversity.
“I see the challenges, but I’m a believer that if you don’t try to go against it, you already lose. I always say that there is nothing that can really stop me, but me. I just trust in Jesus and in my [own] ability and hard work,” Wilson added.