Chick-fil-A SCHOLARSHIPS

It began with a mayonnaise jar...

In 1973, Truett Cathy set a jar on the restaurant counter. The reason? To help Team Member Eddie White raise funds to pursue his dream of a college education.

Thanks to contributions from guests and Truett himself, Eddie’s dream came true. After graduation, Eddie went on to have a career in education, eventually serving as Assistant Superintendent in the greater Atlanta area.

From that mayonnaise jar, Chick-fil-A’s scholarship was born. Since then, we’ve awarded over
$61 million to approximately 47,000 Chick-fil-A restaurant Team Members across the country.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, Chick-fil-A is proud to continue this tradition of giving back.

 

Important Dates:

 

September 3, 2019

Application opens online to Team Members

 

December 3, 2019

Closes at 6:00pm EST

Application closes online to Team Members 

 

 

December 2019/January 2020

Scholarship America evaluates all submitted applications

 

March/April 2020

Award packages are mailed to the restaurants

 

July 2020

Award payments are sent to scholarship recipients 

Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship: $2,500

 

Created in 1973, the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship has traditionally given Team Members the opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship from Chick-fil-A. In 2017, this scholarship will increase to $2,500, with the option of reapplying every year for up to four years. Chick-fil-A will commit $4.9 million in scholarship opportunities in 2017 and increase this commitment by five percent annually through 2020.

 

Requirements:

  • ​​Employed as a Team Member at a Chick-fil-A- branded or - ​affiliated restaurant at the time of application and award*

  • Current postsecondary undergraduate or graduate student or planning to enroll in undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the 2019-2020 academic year

  • Recommended by an Operator, Interim Manager or Executive General Manager (depending on the Restaurant where the Team Member is employed), which should address the Team Member’s professional achievement**

  • Active involvement in community service in the twelve (12) months prior to application

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Academic awards and recognition will be considered.

Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Scholarship: $25,000

Formerly known as the S. Truett Cathy Award, the True Inspiration Scholarship will award two Team Members from each region a scholarship worth up to $25,000. Unlike the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship, Team Members can only receive the True Inspiration Scholarship once.

 

Requirements:

  • Employed as a Team Member at a Chick-fil-A- branded or -affiliated restaurant at the time of application and award*

  •  Current postsecondary undergraduate or graduate student or planning to enroll in undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the 2019-2020 academic year

  • Recommended by an Operator, Interim Manager or Executive General Manager (depending on the Restaurant where the Team Member is employed), which should address the Team Member’s professional achievement**

  • Active involvement in community service in the twelve (12) months prior to application

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Academic awards and recognition will
    be considered.

  • Demonstrated financial need

*Employment can only be a factor in determining initial eligibility (i.e., determining the pool of applicants who can be selected for the award). Once a recipient is selected, any continuing eligibility requirement based upon future employment or services would risk jeopardizing the tax qualified status of the scholarship. Team Members are not required to remain employed after being notified of their scholarship award. They must be employed at the time of application and when the award is announced.

 

**Professional achievement could include testimony of demonstrated leadership, contribution, work ethic, teamwork, and others. Although hours worked may allow Team Members to contribute at a higher level, a specific hours requirement should not be used in determining if an application should be submitted.

 

***The specific terms and conditions of any awarded scholarships will be different for Team Members of Chick-fil-A Franchisees,

Team Members of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Operated Restaurants, and Team Members of STC Brand Restaurants.

 

Scholarship Q&A

How do I apply for the Remarkable Futures Scholarships?

Beginning September 4, 2018, the application can be found at cfa.scholarsapply.org orchick-fil-a.com/scholarships. QPlease be sure to thoroughly answer Remarkable Futures Scholarships toolkit for Team Members chick-fil-a.com/scholarships each question on the application.

 

 

If I want to apply for both the Leadership Scholarship and True Inspiration Scholarship, do I need to fill out two applications?
No, you only need to complete one application. To be considered for the True Inspiration Scholarship, you will need to have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and complete the financial portion of the application.

 

Are there tuition discounts available outside scholarships?

Yes, all Team Members have access to the Tuition Reduction Network throughout the year. VisitChick-fil-A.com/scholarships for the current list of participating colleges and universities. If your school isn’t listed, email the name of school and appropriate contact to scholar- ships@chick-fil-a.com.

 

Will scholarships be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis?

No. All scholarship applications will be reviewed and graded on each of the eligibility requirements.

 

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you:
• Are still employed as a Chick-fil-A Team Member at the time of application and award
• Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
• Will enroll in an accredited postsecondary institution for the 2019-20 academic year
Visit Chick-fil-A.com/scholarships for the full eligibility requirements or ask your Operator.

 

I am still in high school. Can I apply?

You are eligible if you will be dual enrolled or enrolling full time at a postsecondary institution for the 2019-20 academic year.

 

How many hours of community service do I need to work to be eligible?

There is not a specific hours requirement. The level of community service will be evaluated and considered, along with other requirements, in the selection process. You need to have participated in community service in the twelve (12) months prior to application. Examples of community service include mentoring other students, serving in church, participating in community clubs and serving non-profit organizations.

 

I am pursuing graduate school. Can I apply for the scholarship?

Yes.

 

If I am selected as a recipient, how can I use my award?

Awards can be used for tuition, fees, books and educational related expenses incurred at the school. Scholarship checks are made payable to the school and cannot be applied toward student loans or refunded to students.

 

I am uncertain of what school I will be attending for the 2019-20 academic year, can I change this?

When filling out the application, enter what school you think you will be attending. Once recipients are selected, school choices can be changed.

 

What does my Operator need to do?

Once you have thoroughly completed and submitted your application, your Operator will receive an email with a link to complete a recommendation. The recommendation is required to have a complete application. We recommend you check the status of your application to ensure all components are complete and submitted prior to the deadline of December 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

 

Who do I talk to if I have questions?

Visit Chick-fil-A.com/scholarships for more information or talk to your Operator. If you still have questions, Chick-fil-A has teamed up with Scholarship America to help with the Remarkable Futures Scholarships.
 

If you have questions, Scholarship America’s staff would be happy to help. Please call 1-800-553-0030 or email cfa@scholarshipamerica.org 

 
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