Remarkable Futures Initiative
Chick-fil-A will be awarding $15.3 million in scholarship money to 6,000 employees this year. It is part of the company’s Remarkable Futures education initiative, which helps employees pursue higher education.
A Jacksonville Chick-fil-A employee was awarded $25,000 in scholarship money Tuesday.
According to a news release from Chick-fil-A, Corryn Barnes, a team member at the Chick-fil-A Jacksonville Mall, was awarded the scholarship at the company’s annual conference in Atlanta.
Barnes was one of 12 recipients of the “True Inspiration Scholarship,” which is for students who demonstrate financial need, leadership, community involvement and academics.
Barnes is pursuing her degree in political science from N.C. State, and plans to use this scholarship in order to finish her degree and get her masters, stated the release. She has been working at the restaurant since she was 15 and hopes one day to become a U.S. Ambassador.
According to the release, Chick-fil-A will be awarding $15.3 million in scholarship money to 6,000 employees this year. It is part of the company’s Remarkable Futures education initiative, which helps employees pursue higher education.
In addition to the scholarships presented to Barnes and 11 others, Chick-fil-A will award smaller scholarships of $2,500 to approximately 6,016 employees.
Chick-fil-A’s scholarship program is less restricted than similar programs, and allows employees to apply the funds to just about any educational program, stated the release.
“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,” stated the release.
A recent survey of Chick-fil-A scholarship winners revealed that 20 percent of the recipients were first-generation college students. A total of 60 percent of scholarship winners stated the funds helped them attend college, and nearly 90 percent of respondents said they planned to keep working at Chick-fil-A.
Rodney Bullard, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation said employees are dedicated to excellence inside and outside of work.
“Many Team Members work part- or full-time while also pursuing their education and serving in their communities. Through our Team Member scholarships, our goal is to help these emerging leaders achieve their education dreams and create their own remarkable futures,” Bullard said in the release.