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WV McDonald’s owner aims for thousands helped

Exponent Telegram photo John Ebert
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John Ebert

While Ebert has done well as a McDonald’s franchisee, his heart is with helping his adopted community and the children who call it home.

So when he saw local students losing out on PROMISE Scholarship money because of struggles with the math portion of the ACT, Ebert set out to do something about it.

Four years later, the free course that he established will reach a milestone with its latest session on Wednesday and Thursday at Robert C. Byrd High School.

“We’ve helped about 1,000 students,” Ebert said. “We’ll eclipse that mark this week.”

Of those, the goal is to help at least one in four improve their math scores significantly enough to get the PROMISE Scholarship. The scholarship guidelines require a composite score of at least 22, with segment scores in English, math, reading and science of at least 20.

“Our goal is to help 50 kids cross that threshold (each session),” Ebert said. “If we’re successful, that equates to about $1 million in scholarships…

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