Local McDonald’s employee awarded scholarship


Curtis Griffith

PRESTONSBURG – Curtis Griffith of Prestonsburg is one of 11 McDonald’s employees in the Tri-State area that have been awarded a scholarship courtesy of the Betty Hadler Memorial Scholarship Fund. Griffith is the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship.

The scholarship is locally funded by McDonald’s Owner/Operators in the Tri-State area, who know their employees work hard to balance school, work and family. They are pleased to support these efforts by providing educational assistance. The recipients were selected based on academic achievement, job performance, leadership qualities, school and community involvement and financial need. Four $2,500 scholarships, two $1,000 and five $500 scholarships were awarded.

The namesake of the scholarship, Betty Hadler, was a McDonald’s Owner/Operator in Marietta, Ohio for 17 years. Until her death from bone cancer in 1993, Hadler was an active member of her community and believed the greatest success was helping others succeed.

She was honored with the first Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award and was also a member and President of Zonta International, an organization that helps women become stronger business and community leaders.

Laurie Strahler, Hadler’s daughter and the current Owner/Operator of five McDonald’s restaurants in Marietta, said, “My entire family is extremely honored that this scholarship was named in my mother’s memory. We’re all very proud of the achievements of these outstanding individuals and wish them the best as they continue their education.”

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