Ever since Truett established Chick-fil-A’s first scholarship program in 1973 to encourage restaurant employees to further their education, the company has earmarked a portion of its annual proceeds to give back to team members in the form of college scholarships.
Over the past 40 years, Chickfil-A has provided more than $30 million in Leadership Scholarships to more than 30,000 team members who have attended more than 3,100 colleges, universities and educational institutions. The Leadership Scholarship program is widely accepted as the first employee scholarship program created in the quick-service industry.
2012 was no exception: Last year Chick-fil-A awarded its $1,000 Leadership Scholarship to 1,390 Team Members in 39 states and Washington, D.C., for a total of $1.39 million.
“The Leadership Scholarship Program helps our Team Members pursue their educational goals while gaining real-life skills working in our restaurants,” said Sandeep Kapoor, Owner/ Operator Morristown Chick-fil-A. “Both Ricardo Chavez-Ortiz and Brandon Hayes have shown their community service and leadership abilities, and it’s our pleasure to honor them with this scholarship.”
In 2013, Chick-fil-A hopes to give $1.7 million in scholarships to team members.
To be eligible for the scholarship, Chick-fil-A requires that applicants complete their high school education, enroll in college, are active in their schools and communities, demonstrate a solid work ethic and possess strong leadership abilities, good teamwork and a desire to succeed.