McDonald’s franchise owner helps workers get to college

SALINAS, Calif. (KSBW) – Nearly two dozen people are getting the chance to go to college thanks to the charitable foundation of a California McDonald’s franchise owner.

The Raymond Costa Family Scholarship Foundation provided scholarships to 21 McDonald’s employees or their children.

Mohamed Abdulla said he is entering his third year at Cal State Monterey Bay, majoring in molecular biology and minoring in business. Her dream is to be a physician assistant and help the community.

“It’s kind of personal why I want to be in the medical field. My grandmother had a medical problem and I felt like there was nothing I could do to help her,” Abdulla said.

Abdulla came to the United States in 2012 from Yemen and is the first in his family to attend college.

“It touched me but also pushed me to go to university. Do something my parents never did. It means a lot,” Abdulla said.

Abdulla is a McDonald’s employee and won $15,000 from the Raymond Costa Family Scholarship Foundation.

Since 2017, the Raymond Costa Family Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $343,000 in scholarships to 120 employees, many of whom, like Abdulla, are first-generation students.

Many are also Hispanic and Latino.

“Almost all of our crew go to college somewhere. They’re improving their lives and I’m happy to be a part of that,” said Raymond Costa. It’s the only scholarship they get, and it’s from our foundation and me.

This year, the 21 scholarships ranged from $1,500 to $5,000.

For Costa, it’s personal as he grew up working in the fields and lost his father at a young age. Now he makes it his mission to give back to others.

“I had just worked in the fields. I used to move the garden hose. So I know what it is,” Costa said. “I’m just lucky the companies here can afford to donate that money, and I love helping people.”

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