Church’s Chicken announced its largest giveaway ever for its Church’s Scholars Program. Two hundred and forty high school seniors across 15 states each will receive $1,000 towards his or her college tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year at any accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational/trade school in the United States.
More than 6,400 students applied for the competitive scholarship. In the four years since launching the effort, over 700 scholarships have been awarded. Funds for the scholarships were raised through coupon booklets sales at participating company and franchise Church’s restaurants during the October-December 2016 window, and by direct contributions from franchisees and vendor partners.
The selection process took into account a number of factors including student’s grade point average, work experience and his or her involvement in extracurricular activities and community involvement.
“At Church’s Chicken, our team is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve,” says Ed Brett, chief human resources officer for Church’s. “We’re proud of every scholar we’ve helped support and look forward to the future accomplishments of our newest class.” Next year’s application process opens in January 2018. Scholarship hopefuls are encouraged to apply early, and share the opportunity within their community.
To date, the board has awarded over $700,000 in scholarships to deserving young people. The Church’s Scholars Program is directed by the Church’s Partners Foundation, Inc., whose mission is to provide support and assistance to employees of Church’s Chicken, its global franchise system and the communities in which they serve.