Burritos for books: Chipotle gives proceeds to scholarships

Anyone who ate a burrito or taco at Chipotle Mexican Grill last Wednesday may not have known that 100 percent of the money paid to the restaurant was donated to the Cleveland Scholarship Program.

Nineteen greater Cleveland Chipotle restaurants, including the Kent location, raised $35,000 from the sales of the dine-in and take-out orders.

With guidance from the Cleveland Scholarship Fund, Magic 105.7 radio personality Jimmy Malone set up the Malone Scholarship Fund more than 10 years ago to help local students attend college.

Using money raised from the efforts of Chipotle, his own golf outing, the Cleveland Scholarship Program and money from his own pocket, the Malone Scholarship fund is currently helping 28 students go to college all over the country, Malone said. He added that Chipotle is his scholarship fund’s biggest donor.

“All it takes is a financial need and a positive outlook on life,” said Malone, who along with his wife and daughter, personally screens applicants for his scholarship.

As a result of the efforts from Chipotle and the support of people such as Malone and his family, the Cleveland Scholarship Program has sent more than 100,000 teens from Northeastern Ohio to college since 1967.

Chipotle Mexican Grill also donates 100 percent of its sales to the Coats for Kids drive in a separate fund-raising effort during the year.

– Andrew Bergman