Gladstone teen takes $15,000 scholarship
18-year-old Gladstone McDonald's assistant manager Zoe Collins was one of four in Australia to be recognised with a $15,000 Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders award.
Ms Collins was recognised for her outstanding academic record as school captain at Narangba Valley State High School, where she participated in various fundraisers including walking the Kokoda track in 2014.
She was chosen from 300 applicants across Queensland.
Zoe said she was excited to accept the scholarship which will assist in funding her degree in paediatric nursing and oncology at the University of Queensland.
"I couldn't believe that I had been successful as there were so many incredible applicants," she said.
"I did get quite emotional on the phone and was overjoyed with the opportunity that McDonald's has given me to find leadership in my career as a nurse."
The scholarship aims to give deserving young people the assistance they need to fulfil their career dreams, whether that be payment of university fees, apprenticeship tools, books, or supplies for course instruction.
"McDonald's never fails to teach me something new and has undoubtedly put me on a path towards success which I know I will be forever thankful for. It has taught me to never stop striving for success."
Zoe said her goal is to work in a children's hospital or Ronald McDonald House Charities facility one day.
McDonald's Gladstone licensee Tony Ward said he was proud of Zoe for demonstrating dedication and professionalism in leading her team.
"Zoe has shown incredible determination as an Assistant Manager and has been very successful with her education," he said.
"It is a pleasure to see Zoe recognised for her hard work with the awarding of a Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders.
"We wish her all the best for her university studies in Brisbane." Tony said McDonald's provides a range of opportunities for its employees.
Zoe will be presented with the award at the McDonald's head office in March.