McDonald’s USA Brings Together America’s Top Asia-Pacific Thought Leaders for First-Ever College Education Summit Aimed at Helping APA Students Plan for Career Success

Students will explore a variety of topics, from college readiness and scholarship to financial literacy and mental health during the free day-long event on November 12, 2022.

CHICAGO, November 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Asian-Pacific American community is large, with multiple ethnicities, languages ​​and identities that are often lumped together, resulting in many Asian sub-segments being overlooked, especially students when it comes to representation and financial assistance. To meet the changing needs of young APAs, McDonald’s UNITED STATES partners with leading media company APA NextShark to present the first-ever APA Next Summit, an in-person and virtual event focused on education and professional development. This summit is another addition to McDonald’s legacy of education-focused programs to advance a bright future and provide opportunity, which especially includes McDonald’s/APIA Scholarship awarding half a million dollars to help APA students reach their full potential each year.

McDonald's APA Next Summit

McDonald’s APA Next Summit

“Education has proven to be one of the most effective ways to empower young people and McDonald’s remains true to this belief,” said Elizabeth CampbellSenior Director of Cultural Engagement, McDonald’s UNITED STATES. “Our Asia-Pacific focused programs are designed with leading partner organizations like NextShark and APIA Researchers, to ensure that we respond to the unique needs and diverse groups of the community. »

McDonald’s APA Next Summit

The upcoming APA Summit will feature a distinguished roster of speakers from all walks of life covering holistic topics that we know are important to this audience, such as college admissions, financial literacy, and mental health. The list includes the actress Arden Cho (Netflix Partner Track star), TikTok financial influencer Vivian you (aka “Your Rich BFF”) and founder of Brown Girl Therapy Sahaj Kaur Kohli.

“This meeting is a must-have event for students who are more than ever looking for meaningful engagement with the world around them,” said Benny Luo, CEO of NextShark. “We are proud to work with McDonald’s to bring parents and students together to connect, listen and learn from some of our community’s leading pioneers.”

The next APA Summit is free and will take place in the historic Great Hall of the Union of Coopers located at 7 E 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 on Saturday November 12 of 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. The event will also be available virtually via the livestream. To RSVP and find additional panel and speaker details, see the Next EventBrite APA.

McDonald’s/APIA Scholarship applications available for 2023

Created in 2019, the McDonald’s/APIA Scholarships $500,000 to 55 high school and college students of Asian origin each year. To date, 165 students have benefited from the program. Applications for McDonald’s 2023/APIA Scholarships are now available online via January 19, 2023. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need. Find out about this year’s 55 scholarship recipients and details on how to apply at

About McDonald’s UNITED STATES Education efforts

McDonald’s APA Next Summit and APIA Scholarships are just a few of the many corporate initiatives created to serve a bright future and provide educational and skills opportunities in the communities we serve. These efforts also include the Black & Positively Golden® HBCU Scholarship Fund, which is administered by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and helps students pursue their undergraduate and graduate studies; the HACER® Education Tour, which provides information for navigating the college application process; and the Archways to Opportunity® program, which provides educational resources to eligible teams at participating U.S. restaurants. Together with franchisees, we are committed to providing opportunities to nurture and foster our communities.

About McDonald’s USA

McDonald’s has always been committed to the communities it serves and the people who make up those communities. Every day, the brand takes action to ensure a more equitable and inclusive future for our employees, franchisees, suppliers, customers and the communities we serve and foster.

McDonald’s UNITED STATES, LLC, serves a variety of menu options prepared with quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. Ninety-five percent of the approximately 13,500 McDonald’s restaurants in the United States are owned and operated by Independent Business Owners. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and on Facebook at



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