The recipient of the 2012 BURGER KINGTM Scholarship Award is Laura Cressley from Lehighton Area High School. She was presented a scholarship award of $1,000.

Created in memory of BURGER KING® co-founder James W. McLamore, the BURGER KING™ Scholars program has awarded a total of 17,064 scholarships to deserving students and employees across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, representing $17.6 Million in awards since the program's inception in 2000.

The BURGER KING™ Scholars program is one of the premier programs of the BURGER KING McLAMORESM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Burger King Corp. Formerly known as the HAVE IT YOUR WAY® Foundation, the BURGER KING McLAMORESM Foundation was renamed to honor the BURGER KING® brand's co-founder, James W. McLamore, who's commitment to philanthropy and education made him a pillar of community service in South Florida during his lifetime.

Through its national fundraising efforts, the BURGER KING McLAMORESM Foundation increased this year's BURGER KING™ Scholars program fund by more than 50 percent.

"The BURGER KING™ Scholars program helps to ensure that committed and accomplished students can make their dreams and ambitions a possibility. It's important that students believe in themselves and aspire to be whatever their hearts desire," said Andrea Tejada, executive director, BURGER KING McLAMORESM Foundation. "We are continuing the tradition of awarding a record number of scholarships and plan to keep this endeavor going."

Scholarship awards help students offset the cost of attending college or a post-secondary vocational/technical school. Students throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada are eligible for the scholarships. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, extracurricular activities, community service and/or work experience. Both BURGER KING® employees and nonemployees are eligible to apply. For more information on the program, including instructions for obtaining scholarship applications for 2013, please visit www.bkmclamorefoundation.org.