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How to Get Chick-fil-A Employee Scholarships

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Ginny Howey is a former content writer at Scholarships360. Ginny graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2022 with a degree in Media and Journalism (Advertising/PR focus) and minors in Entrepreneurship and Spanish. Ginny’s professional experience includes two summers as a writer intern at global creative consultancy BCG BrightHouse. More recently, Ginny worked as a content marketing intern for Durham-based software engineering bootcamp Momentum, where she gained SEO skills. She has also written freelance articles on emerging tech for A.I. startup Resultid.

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Maria Geiger is Director of Content at Scholarships360. She is a former online educational technology instructor and adjunct writing instructor. In addition to education reform, Maria’s interests include viewpoint diversity, blended/flipped learning, digital communication, and integrating media/web tools into the curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. Maria earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, an M. Ed. in Education from Monmouth University, and a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Updated: October 2nd, 2023
How to Get Chick-fil-A Employee Scholarships

Friendly customer service is a trademark of Chick-fil-A. But did you know it also leads the industry in supporting its employees’ education? Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures Scholarship Initiative has awarded more than $162 million in scholarships since 1973. 

This article lays out Chick-fil-A’s scholarship and tuition reimbursement options and how you can join the team to gain access to them. 

Related: Scholarships360’s free scholarship search tool

What scholarships does Chick-fil-A offer?

Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures initiative offers two classes of scholarships. Part-time and full-time employees at locations in the U.S, Puerto Rico, and Canada can participate. 

The first is the True Inspiration Scholarship. Employees who receive this top award get $25,000 toward their college education. The other award is the Leadership Scholarship, worth $1,000 or $2,500. 

Awards cover tuition, fees, books, and other school-related expenses.  Both scholarships are based on a candidates’ demonstration of care and service for others that year. Scholarships are applied up-front, so employees don’t have to foot the bill then wait for reimbursement!

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What are the requirements to receive a scholarship? 

  • Your superior (Operator, Interim Manager, or Executive General Manager) must nominate you.
  • You must be employed with Chick-fil-A when you apply and when the scholarship is awarded; there is no minimum length of employment for eligibility.
  • Your transcript showcases a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • You will have to demonstrate financial need for the True Inspiration Scholarship.
  • You must be a postsecondary undergraduate or graduate student planning to enroll at an accredited institution, including vocational-technical ones.
  • You have done community service or other ways you have made a positive impact in and out of your Chick-Fil-A in the last 12 months. 

How many employees receive scholarships? 

In 2023, 12 Chick-fil-A members received the True Inspiration Scholarship, while over 13,000 employees received the Leadership Scholarship. Chick-fil-A has continued to increase its investment in scholarships, so there are likely to be more opportunities available each year.

What kinds of degrees are eligible for scholarships? 

Scholarship funds go towards tuition at accredited two-or-four year colleges/universities. Online programs and vocational/technical schools also qualify. Additionally, employees can study whichever topic they wish! 

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Are these scholarships the only option for tuition assistance?  

No! Obviously, not every Chick-fil-A’s employee can receive a scholarship. But each employee does have access to Chick-fil-A’s Scholarship America platform. This organization lists over 100 colleges and universities that offer tuition assistance and grants. 

These financing solutions are combinable with the above Remarkable Futures Scholarships. There are many discounts available, including some that extend to family members.  Employees can get up to 30% of their educational investment reimbursed! 

How to get started at Chick-fil-A: 

  1. On Chick-fil-A’s website, navigate to the Careers page to begin your search. There will be a tab to browse restaurant positions. You can input your location to see which stores nearby are hiring. 
  2. Once you select a store, you can see the open positions. You will then have access to a pretty standard job application. There, you can upload your resume, educational background, and information about yourself.  
  3. Get hired! Once you have a job at Chick-fil-A, you are eligible for its tuition discounts at Scholarship America. 
  4. If interested in applying for the Remarkable Futures scholarships, remember their assessment criteria. Being friendly, helpful, and hardworking in and outside of the restaurant is essential for consideration.
  5. After talking to your manager, you are ready to apply. The application cycle begins in August and the selection of winners occurs in October. You only need to fill out one application for both the True Inspiration and Leadership scholarships. 

Next steps for students

To date, Chick-fil-A has helped over 80,000 employees with their educational expenses. You could be one of them! We encourage you to apply for a job at your nearest Chick-fil-A restaurant. 

If this is not the company for you or it’s not feasible due to where you live, keep exploring! There are many other companies that offer tuition assistance, such as Home Depot, Walmart, Chipotle, Starbucks, UPS, and Amazon

Key Takeaways

Key Takeaways

  • Recipients of Chick-fil-A employee scholarships must be nominated by an employee in a superior role
  • You can earn up to $25,000 towards your education, but more commonly, recipients earn between $1,000 and $2,500
  • The scholarship is not guaranteed but many employees earn it every year; in 2022, 13 employees received $25,000 and 12,699 received $1,000-$2,500
  • You can apply these scholarships towards accredited two and four-year programs, as well as online programs and vocational programs
Key Takeaways

Frequently asked questions about Chick-fil-A employee scholarships

There is no time limit before you can apply for scholarships or tuition discounts at Chick-Fil-A once you’re hired. However, remember that you’ll have to demonstrate 12 months of community impact and involvement in and out of the store for the scholarships.

Yes! There are several companies that offer tuition assistance that span across different industries such as BestBuy, Amazon, JetBlue, and many more. Since there’s so much variety, don’t feel like you have to go with a specific company and take a chance to explore your options.

No. While the two scholarships that are mentioned in this article are exclusively available to Chick-Fil-A employees, there are some options for other people as well. For example, Chick-Fil-A has a Community Scholars program that gives out $25,000 and a yearlong mentorship to 12 future leaders.

How much community service is Chick-Fil-A looking for to win a scholarship?

Great question! Community service can vary from employee to employee, but in order to win the True Inspiration $25,000 award, it’s best to have about 450 hours of community involvement. However, community service isn’t the only factor that’s considered when deciding the winner, so stay on top of your GPA and work performance. 

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