ATLANTA (March 31, 2021) – Chick-fil-A will invest $19 million in restaurant Team Members’ continuing education this year, awarding college scholarships to 7,492 Team Members in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. Team Members can apply their scholarships to any area of study at any accredited institution, furthering Chick-fil-A’s long-standing commitment to education and helping restaurant Team Members achieve their academic dreams.
To celebrate the scholarship recipients, Chick-fil-A invited 12 Team Members to join what they thought was a virtual retreat on March 17. During the virtual meeting, Chick-fil-A Chairman and CEO Dan Cathy surprised each of them with a $25,000 True Inspiration Scholarship. The 12 True Inspiration Scholars were also given laptops to use as they continue their studies. In addition, throughout March and April, local Chick-fil-A franchise Operators are awarding $2,500 Leadership Scholarships to 7,480 Team Members.
“Since 1970, our scholarship programs have been instrumental in our investment in the growth and success of restaurant Team Members and their professional and personal development,” said Cathy. “This year’s inspiring scholarship recipients possess strong leadership skills, demonstrate a commitment to academic achievement and continue to make a positive impact on their communities. Our mission is to play a small part in furthering their education, giving them hope and opportunities to change the world.”
This year, nearly 400 additional scholarships were funded through the sale of Chick-fil-A Bottled Sauce at retail stores. Chick-fil-A Bottled Sauces were introduced in select states in 2020 and will become available nationwide later this spring, with 100% of the Chick-fil-A, Inc. royalties going toward the Remarkable Futures Scholarships initiative. For more information on the availability of Chick-fil-A Bottled Sauces, visit here.
As part of the Remarkable Futures Scholarship initiative, Chick-fil-A is awarding $19 million in scholarships this year to 7,492 restaurant Team Members across the U.S. and Canada to go toward their continuing education. Tweet
Chick-fil-A’s scholarships initiative offers unique benefits to restaurant Team Members:
In a 2020 survey of scholarship recipients, 54% of Chick-fil-A restaurant Team Members stated their scholarship made it possible to attend college, with 16% being first-generation college students. Nearly 98% of the 2020 scholarship recipients surveyed said that scholarship opportunities are an important benefit to working at Chick-fil-A restaurants.
There are three ways Chick-fil-A Team Members can receive educational assistance through the Chick-fil-A scholarship initiative:
Since 1970, Chick-fil-A, Inc. has awarded more than $110 million in scholarships to more than 66,000 restaurant Team Members. To be eligible for a scholarship or educational assistance, applicants must be restaurant Team Members employed by an independent, franchised Chick-fil-A restaurant business, a Chick-fil-A, Inc.-operated restaurant, or an S. Truett Cathy (STC) brand restaurant.
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,600 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.
A leader in customer service satisfaction, Chick-fil-A was named top fast food restaurant in Newsweek’s 2019 America’s Best Customer Service report and received several honors in QSR’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards, including “The Most Respected Quick-Service Brand” and “Best Brand for Overall Experience”. Additionally, Glassdoor named Chick-fil-A one of the top 100 best places to work in 2020. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.
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