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Northwest Indiana McDonald's Operators' #PeppermintForPNW Raises Nearly $700 for Purdue Northwest Future Leaders Scholarships


A cup of coffee can accomplish a lot. It can jump start a day, it can bring people together, and for Northwest Indiana McDonald's Operators (NIMO), it can help support education in Northwest Indiana.

On November 6, 2016, NIMO hosted a #PeppermintForPNW, where throughout the entire day, $1 from every hot or iced peppermint beverages purchased at 11 participating McDonald's locations were donated to the Purdue University Northwest Future Leaders Scholarship Fund. Different teams from organizations and clubs associated with Purdue Northwest competed with each other to see which group could raise the most for the fund. The Men's Basketball team was the winning organization. The proceeds were presented to the Purdue University Northwest Men's Basketball Team, who were also presented with a McChampion trophy during the ceremony.

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“On behalf of the PNW Pride, I greatly appreciate the amazing generosity of the Northwest Indiana McDonalds Operators. The scholarships funding provided by McDonalds has allowed Northwest Indiana students to pursue their academic dreams. Additionally, McDonalds has provided funding for state of the art scoreboards at Dowling Park directly benefitting student athletes," explained Rick Costello, PNW Athletic Director. "I would like to thank Bob Mazzaro and Sam Lubeznik of McDonalds for their unwavering support and generosity. The Peppermint Mocha Challenge was great way to highlight the amazing support and generosity of McDonalds which directly benefits students of Northwest Indiana.”

The fundraiser was a continuation of a long-standing relationship between Purdue Northwest and the Northwest Indiana McDonalds Operators.

The Future Leaders Scholarship includes up to 10 scholarships of $1,000 each. The opportunity is open to all freshmen students enrolled fulltime at Purdue Northwest who are Northwest Indiana residents currently working, volunteer for community service, and have a high school grade point average above 2.75

The following locations participated in the fundraiser:

  • 800 Flynn Rd. (US 421), Westville, IN
  • 3507 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN
  • 164 Pine Lake Ave., LaPorte, IN
  • 480 Indian Boundary, Chesterton, IN
  • 6321 Ameriplex Dr., Portage, IN
  • 9117 Indianapolis Blvd., Highland, IN
  • 3904 Ridge Road, Highland, In
  • 515 Ridge Road, Munster, IN
  • 1939 E. 80th Ave., Hobart, IN
  • 6437 Columbia Ave., Hammond, IN
  • 7420 Kennedy Ave., Hammond, IN

For more information on Northwest Indiana McDonald's Operators' Future Leader Scholarships, click here.


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