The McDonald's® Restaurants of Kentuckiana Black History Makers of Tomorrow scholarship program honors outstanding Kentuckiana high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership, character, scholarship and community service. The program is open to students with at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean descent.


The top students selected will receive a one time $1,500 scholarship to the college of their choice. The winners and their families will be invited to a private reception with Kentuckiana McDonald's owner/operators and other local dignitaries and special guests during the month of February.


Please choose from the drop down menu below to begin your application. Complete applications, including official school transcripts and letters of recommendation from your school administration are due on February 12, 2019.

For any questions regarding the Black History Makers of Tomorrow program or application process, please email info@bhmotkentuckiana.com.


This program is open to students with at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean descent. Successful high school seniors will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Leadership: Tell us about your success as a leader in school, church or community organizations.
  • Scholarship: If you have maintained a minimum 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, you are eligible to apply.
  • Character: Tell us how you motivate your peers by maintaining a positive attitude and exhibiting qualities of good citizenship.
  • Community Service: Tell us how you spend your spare time to help those in need.


  • A completed Black History Makers of Tomorrow application completed through the form linked below.
  • A 500-word typed essay. Follow the essay guidelines to prepare your essay celebrating your local community and your interaction with cultures outside of your own.
  • Applicant must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean descent.
  • An official high school transcript.
  • A letter of recommendation.
  • All materials must be submitted through the website no later than Feb. 12, 2019.

Essay Guidelines:

One of the criteria for selecting McDonald's Black History Makers of Tomorrow is diversity. To provide the selection committee with your thoughts on what will shape the Kentuckiana community, submit an essay entitled "Inspiration Makes Me... Who or What Inspires You?"

Maximum essay length is 500 words. Essays will not be returned. Your essay is your personal view of how you can have a positive community impact in the future. It should not be a research paper. The essay must have relevance to diversity, but you may focus on a topic of particular interest to you.

Your essay will be judged on creative content, idea development and writing style.