Chick-fil-A, Inc. founder S. Truett Cathy established the Team Member Scholarship program in 1973 to encourage Chick-fil-A restaurant employees to further their education. At that time, the program was the only one of its kind offered by a quick-service restaurant chain. In 1996, the company replaced the Team Member Scholarship with the Leadership Scholarship program, which places a greater emphasis on a restaurant employee's community service and leadership abilities. According to the Council for Aid to Education, no other company in terms of size does as much in the scholarship area as Chick-fil-A.
Through its Leadership Scholarship program, Chick-fil-A has offered more than $34 million in financial assistance to more than 34,000 restaurant team members who have attended more than 3,100 colleges, universities and other educational institutions throughout the country. The company will award $1.825 million in scholarships to 1,800 restaurant team members in 2015.
Eligibility requires that restaurant employees 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.
Chick-fil-A, Inc. also awards S. Truett Cathy Scholar Awards, which provide additional $1,000 scholarships to the top 25 Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship recipients each year. Implemented in 1996 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Chick-fil-A's scholarship program, last year's S. Truett Cathy Award recipients brought the total awarded to $450,000.
Each year, WinShape Foundation provides 120 students at Berry College with experiential training in Christian leadership and community. In addition to the training, WinShape Foundation provides a $4,000 scholarship to these students enrolled at Berry College. To date, the Foundation has awarded $7.5 million in scholarships to over 1,000 future leaders from across the nation.
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