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‘Remarkable’ scholars receive Chick-fil-A scholarships
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Chick-fil-A in Hinesville awarded 12 scholarships to deserving team members Saturday. Pictured (not in order) are scholars Matthew Carter, De-Quan Rogers, Lydia Kunkle, Vernesha Brown, Amari Walker, TyBria Crimiel, Sierra Griszell-James, Aierial Jones, Jada Conyers and Tiesha Reynolds, and Marcus Chantz and restaurant owner-operator Nick Westbrook (back row, far left). - photo by Denise Etheridge

Remarkable was the word Saturday when Chick-fil-A in Hinesville awarded 12 Chick-fil-A Remarkable Futures Leadership Scholarships valued at $2,500 each to deserving team members. The scholarship award doubled the number of scholarships the restaurant awarded its student employees last year.

“We are so excited to be able to provide these scholarships for our students,” Chick-fil-A Owner/Operatoer Nick Westbrook said. “We had six team members awarded the scholarship last year, each $2,500, for a total of $15,000 in awards given. This year we have doubled that number to 12 winners for a total of $30,000 in awards. That is $45,000 given to our team members here in Liberty and Long counties over the past year.” 

Westbrook said two of the scholarship recipients were repeat winners. Matthew Carter, who graduated from Liberty County High School and attends Georgia Southern University, and De-Quan Rogers, who graduated from Bradwell Institute and attends Georgia Southern at the Armstrong campus. 

“It shows appreciation for what we do,” Rogers said. He plans to major in Science Administration and work full-time at a hospital someday.

Scholarship recipient Lydia Kunkle, who graduated from Long County High School and attends GSU-Liberty campus, said she hopes to continue her employment with Chick fil-A. Kunkle is earning a double major in psychology and Early Childhood Education. The scholarship will help with tuition and the significant expense of college text books, she said.

Scholarship recipients also include: LCHS students Vernesha Brown and Amari Walker, Bradwell students TyBria Crimiel, Sierra Griszell-James, Aierial Jones, Jada Conyers and Tiesha Reynolds, and Marcus Chantz.

Since 1973, Chick-fil-A has awarded more than $75 million in educational scholarships to more than 53,000 team members, according to a corporate news release.

“As part of Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures education initiative, this increase in scholarship funding reflects Chick-fil-A’s continued commitment to Team Members and their futures, and it remains one of the highest unrestricted per-employee scholarship investments in the industry,” the release reads.

“Chick-fil-A Team Members provide incredible service to our restaurant guests every day, but we know their commitment to excellence extends far beyond those four walls,” said Rodney Bullard, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. “Many Team Members work part- or full-time while also pursuing their education and serving in their communities. Through our Team Member scholarships, our goal is to help these emerging leaders achieve their education dreams and create their own remarkable futures.”

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy.


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