Student earns $20K KFC scholarship from Twitter photo

The sixth annual KFC Colonel's Scholars Program has awarded a grand prize winner a $20,000 scholarship based on a single photo shared via Twitter.

Daniel Galuppo from Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, Calif., is this year's scholarship recipient. He was chosen from high school seniors across the country who applied by tweeting a single image and including the hashtag #KFCScholar.

Galuppo submitted an image from a recent volunteer trip to Vietnam, where he photographed orphans. Galuppo, originally from Lithuania, has no photos of himself before his adoption and move to the U.S., and has therefore made it his mission to visit orphanages so he can give the children pictures of themselves as keepsakes.

Photo entries were judged on quality, creativity, compelling nature and consistency with Colonel Harland Sanders' commitment to service.

"We were impressed by the creativity and passion for higher education that came across in these images. It was tough to pick a winner," said John Cywinski, president of KFC. "Daniel's photo highlighting why he embodies the qualities of a Colonel's Scholar put him at the head of the class. We're proud to help further his college education."

Galuppo will receive up to $5,000 per year for the next four years to pursue a bachelor's degree at an accredited public university within California. He hopes to attend UCLA in 2012 to pursue film production.

Last year's winner, Amanda Russell, won KFC's inaugural Twitter scholarship with a single 140-character tweet: "#KFCScholar Hey Colonel! Your scholarship's the secret ingredient missing from my recipe for success! Got the grades, drive, just need cash!"

Russell also attends UCLA and continues to play an active role in the Colonel's Scholars program, even providing tips to this year's entrants via the @KFC_Colonel handle.

Applications for 2012 are being accepted through Feb. 8. Seventy-four additional scholarships will be awarded for next year. Visit KFC.com or KFCscholars.org for more information.

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