KFC has announced an employee scholarship program for 2012. For the first time, the KFC Foundation will award 300 $1,500 scholarships to current employees. The scholarships are reserved for hourly team members and shift managers (both traditional and non-traditional students) and can be used to pay for college or technical school. Winners of the Colonel's Scholars Employee Scholarship will be announced later this summer.
KFC Colonel's Scholars, now in its seventh year, is a program of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, honoring KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders. The KFC Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 charity supported by KFC, its employees, franchisees and KFC patrons, and has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships since its inception.
KFC Colonel's Scholars names college scholarship winners
Additionally, more than 80,000 high school seniors applied to join this year's class of Colonel's Scholars and 75 have been selected to receive up to $20,000 each in scholarship funds. The program, founded to honor the memory of Colonel Harland Sanders seven years ago, has now awarded more than $10 million in scholarships to allow high school seniors to pursue bachelor's degrees.
"Colonel Sanders was passionate about kids and education, so the KFC family continues to honor his legacy by awarding another 75 college scholarships this year," said John Cywinski, president of KFC U.S. "These scholarships are changing the lives of some very deserving students, and these young people may someday change the world."
To date, a total of 525 students have received scholarships from KFC and 191 have received their bachelor's degrees. The average GPA for Colonel's Scholars recipients is 3.4
Read more about cause marketing.