Last Saturday Nick Westbrook, the owner and operator of Chick-Fil-A Hinesville, awarded scholarships to eight of his employees. The team members had no idea what was to take place that morning. “We chose to keep it a surprise,” Westbrook said. “Their families are coming. We finagled a little bit to make sure they’re working right now or they’re coming in when they’re doing it or we asked them to come in for a meeting. It’s all been set up.”
The team members applied for the Remarkable Future Scholarships in December and the selection committee of the Chick-Fil-A foundation chose them based on their applications. The awardees, either in college or about to graduate from high school, were granted $2,500 each. The requirements for receiving the scholarships, besides being an employee at Chick-Fil-A, included having a 2.5 grade point average and a commitment to community service.
The Chick- Fil- A lobby, where they held the ceremony, was full of confetti. Congressman Buddy Carter even stopped by to congratulate them.
“This is always a delight to congratulate and recognize students for their great performances,” he said. “Anytime you have a qualified workforce you’re going to attract more businesses and that’s why we continue to attract businesses to this area because we have such a great, well prepared workforce.
Although the awardees may be working part time they all have big dreams. This money will help the young scholars reach their dreams easier like Noah Butler, a team leader at Chick Fil A, who aspires to become an owner and operator of his own Chick-Fil-A one day.
The other scholarship recipients are: T’ Andrea Alston, Cecilia Graham, Nicole Laken, Conner Logan, Makayla Robinson, Madison Steyer and Jacob Young.
According to Westbrook the team members deserve these scholarships not only because of their good grades and community service, but also because of their perseverance to work through challenging times.
“This group is special because they continued to work during this pandemic,” Westbrook said. “All of them continued to stay employed. We were considered an essential business. So they came in everyday and there were so many challenges and changes: having to work outside wearing gloves and masks and all the different things that we had to do in order to provide a safe form of service to our guests. They were committed to doing that during the entire pandemic season and continue to do that now. So it shows their resilience and shows the impeccable character they have and commitment to our brand and to serving others so they kind of have a special place in my heart.”