In the face of a difficult global business environment, which has resulted in many companies being forced to cut spending on philanthropic activities, Golden Krust has remained committed to investing in education so said President and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill - Lowell Hawthorne. He further added that cutting back on education is equal to ripping hope and opportunity from our nation's youths which has never been and will never be an option for his franchise chain.
The Golden Krust President & CEO addressed an audience at the Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene last Thursday August 26th as he made presentations to seven college bound students. Each of the awardees was presented with a purse of $2,000 along with a gift basket filled with baked Golden Krust products and school supplies. The 2010 Mavis & Ephraim Hawthorne Golden Krust Foundation Scholarship Awardees included Oladoyin Oladapo of Brooklyn, Otega Esegine of Brooklyn, Shantel Beckford of White Plains, Kristian Aspinall of Rockland, Audrey Morris of Bronx, Shabraj Miller of Bronx and Tatiana Flowers of White Plains, NY.
This marks the fifth year since the nation's largest Caribbean franchise chain has granted scholarships to aspiring young persons who hail from the communities in which Golden Krust operates. In 2005, the company established the Mavis & Ephraim Hawthorne Golden Krust Scholarship Foundation to carry out its philanthropic mission of putting people before profit. Named in honor of the parents of the founders of Golden Krust, the Foundation since its inception has assisted over 100 students both here in the United States and Jamaica to achieve a firm educational foundation.
In January of this year Golden Krust also pledged $100,000 to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica to cover the cost of tuition for five students for the duration of their tenure at the university. S In 2006 the company also established an endowment fund at Bronx Community College to assist needy students at that institution.
Hawthorne said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste and a positive community is everybody's business. He believes that education is the key to unlocking many doors of opportunity.