Chick-fil-A Celebrates 40 Years of Team Member Scholarships

Thu Mar 7, 2013 11:42am EST

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ChainProvides Opportunities, Bright Futures for Team Members with $1.39 Million
Given in 2012
ATLANTA--(Business Wire)--
Since Truett Cathy established the company`s first scholarship program in 1973
to encourage Chick-fil-A® restaurant employees to further their education, the
company has earmarked a portion of its proceeds to give back to its team members
in the form of college scholarships. 2012 was no different, with $1.39 million
in total scholarships given to worthy recipients. 

Chick-fil-A awarded its $1,000 Leadership Scholarship to nearly 1,400 team
members who work for the company`s independent franchise owner operators in 39
states and Washington, D.C. 

The Leadership Scholarship Program is widely accepted as the first team member
scholarship program created in the quick-service industry. Over the past 40
years, Chick-fil-A has provided more than $30 million in Leadership Scholarships
to more than 30,000 restaurant team members who have attended more than 3,100
colleges, universities and other educational institutions. 

Chick-fil-A`s commitment to giving back was established by Cathy, whose values
continue to guide the company today. As he has expressed many times over the
years, "Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give
something to someone else - our time, our love, our resources. I have always
found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return." 

One of the company`s main areas of focus is creating educational opportunities
for team members and youth. 

"The Leadership Scholarship Program helps our team members pursue their
educational goals while gaining real-life skills working in our restaurants,"
said Tim Tassopoulos, executive vice president of operations. "Recipients 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. 

An additional 25 students were awarded the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award, which
provides an additional $1,000 scholarship to the top 25 Leadership Scholarship
recipients. Since its inception in 1996, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award has
given $400,000 to team members. 

The company`s sponsored bowl games, The Chick-fil-A Bowl® and The Chick-fil-A
College Kickoff®, hold the record among all college bowl games in charitable and
scholarship contributions with more than $1.48 million in 2012, and a 10-year
total of more than $15 million. These donations support scholarships, foster
care through WinShape Homes, Lighthouse for the Blind and academic coaches
through Play It Smart. 

Over the past three years, in cities and towns across America, Chick-fil-A has
contributed more than $68 million to more than 700 educational and charitable
organizations and has provided millions of dollars in food donations. For more
information on the company`s corporate giving, please visit 

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. has nearly 1,700 restaurants in 39 states and
Washington, D.C. In 2012, Chick-fil-A produced sales of $4.6 billion. Credited
with inventing the boneless breast of chicken sandwich and first introducing the
chicken nugget concept, Chick-fil-A serves nutritious and freshly prepared food
products in mall locations, stand-alone restaurants, drive-thru-only

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House® and Truett`s Grill® full-service restaurants, and
through licensed outlets in college campuses, hospitals, airports, businesses
and industrial sites. More information about Chick-fil-A is available on the
chain`s websites, located at,,,, and

Chick-fil-A, Inc.
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