Time and time again food retailer’s success is based on ‘buzz’ and Chick-fil-A buzz includes better service, fresher food, and better trained employees that are happy. Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated that Chick-fil-A franchisees have elevated employee training and food quality to a point that simply that out pace’s competitors.
Now Chick-fil-A is increasing its investment in educational scholarships for restaurant Team Members in 2019, awarding $15.3 million to more than 6,000 deserving Team Members across the country. As part of Chick-fil-A’s education initiative, this increase in scholarship funding reflects Chick-fil-A’s continued commitment to Team Members and their futures, and it remains one of the highest unrestricted per-employee scholarship investments in the industry.
Throughout March local Chick-fil-A Franchise Operators will present $2,500 Leadership Scholarships to 6,016 Team Members across 47 states. Through Chick-fil-A’s annual scholarship application process, students employed by the company’s local franchise Operators can apply to receive up to $25,000 in scholarships to pursue the higher education opportunity of their choice.
The initiative is unique in that the scholarships can be applied to any area of study at any accredited institution, including any two- or four-year college and university, online program or technical/vocational school. Here the thing you help them they help you. Now isn’t that the way it should work?
Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures initiative includes three opportunities:
· In 2019, 12 Team Members will receive an individual, one-time award of $25,000. Unlike traditional scholarships which are based solely on academics, the True Inspiration Scholarship is for students who also demonstrate financial need, leadership and community involvement. This year’s True Inspiration Scholarship recipients logged an average of 596 hours of community service each during the previous 12-month period.
· In 2019, 6,016 Team Members will receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Team Members may re-apply for up to four years for a potential total of up to $10,000 for college while working at a Chick-fil-A restaurant. These scholarships are awarded to Chick-fil-A Team Members based on leadership, academic achievement and community involvement.
· In addition to scholarships, Chick-fil-A offers all 120,000 restaurant Team Members access to tuition discounts of up to 30 percent and other educational benefits at more than 100 colleges and universities across the country. The benefits can be combined with either of the above scholarships.
To be eligible for these opportunities, applicants must be employed by a Chick-fil-A Franchise Operator, a Chick-fil-A, Inc.-operated restaurant or an S. Truett Cathy (STC) brand restaurant at the time of application and award.
Chick-fil-A began awarding scholarships in 1973 based on founder S. Truett Cathy’s desire to empower team members to further their education. Since then, more than 53,000 Team Members have received scholarships from Chick-fil-A, Inc., bringing the total amount funded to more than $75 million, applied at more than 3,200 schools nationwide.
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