Chick-Fil-A is known for their chicken sandwiches, their illiterate cow mascots, and their family-oriented approach to team members. What you may not be aware of, is the Chick-Fil-A Scholarships that they offer to their team members.

Each team member can win a college scholarship up to $25,000. The eligibility and requirements vary for the two scholarships offered, and this article will examine them both. The first requirement is that you have to work at Chick-Fil-A.

If you are a team member and want to further your education, this is the article for you. We will look at both scholarships, find out how to qualify, what the eligibility requirements are and how to apply.

If you are ready to go back to school, continue school or interested in learning how your employer will help you pay for it, read on.

What is the Chick-Fil-A Scholarships?


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The Chick-Fil-A scholarship comes in two varieties. The scholarships are called “Remarkable Futures” as a whole. Individually they are the True Inspiration scholarship and the Leadership scholarship.

In 2018 alone, Chick-Fil-A will award over 5700 team members the awards. Each one is a little different and will need to be explained. As long as you are a current Chick-Fil-A employee, you can qualify for one of the two awards.

The True Inspiration scholarship awards $25,000 to its recipients for use in a two- or four-year College or university as well as technical, vocational or online schools as long as the school is accredited. You will have to meet certain eligibility requirements which will be explained later.

The Leadership Scholarship is an award of $2,500 given to those that qualify. The requirements aren’t a strict as those for the True Inspiration scholarship, but will still need to be met and maintained until the award is given.

If that wasn’t enough, Chick-Fil-A Scholarships aren’t all that the company does. They also offer tuition discounts through various accredited schools around the country. You can find out which schools and how to apply for the discount by visiting their web page.


Who are the Scholarships For?


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Chick-Fil-A Scholarships are only open to eligible employees of Chick-Fil-A franchisees, team members of Chick-fil-A, Inc. restaurants, and team members of STC Brand restaurants.

You must be an employee at the time of application as well as at the time of award. Once the scholarship has been awarded, though, there aren’t any employment requirements. If you choose to leave the Chick-Fil-A team before the award is given you will forfeit the award.

However, once you receive the award and the school has been paid, if you wish to leave the employee of the company, you can do so without fear of losing the scholarship. Most winners, though, will stay on as crew members throughout their years of study at college.

The company will work with schedules as well as vacation time and other schedule conflicts to help the employee succeed in school.

Eligible employees who win the awards can use the monies at any accredited school. This includes two and four-year colleges and universities, technical schools, trade schools, vocational schools and web-based institutions.

There are multiple awards each year, totaling over $13 million in scholarships.


How to Qualify


Qualifying for the two Chick-Fil-A Scholarships are slightly different in their requirements but are similar in their structure. We will cover each one here.

The requirements for the True Inspiration scholarship ($25,000) are:

  • Being a current employee of a Chick-Fil-A branded restaurant.
  • A current student in a graduate or postgraduate schooling, or
  • Plan to be a student in a graduate or postgraduate school.
  • Have a 12-month history of community involvement in each of the 12 months before application.
  • Maintain a current grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have a recommendation from an Operator or manager.
  • Able to demonstrate financial need for the scholarship amount.

If you meet all of these requirements, you can proceed to the application process and begin submitting your application for consideration of the award.

For those interested in the Leadership Scholarship ($2,500), the requirements are:

  • Being a current employee of a Chick-Fil-A branded restaurant.
  • A current student in a graduate or postgraduate schooling, or
  • Plan to be a student in a graduate or postgraduate school.
  • Have a 12-month history of community involvement in each of the 12 months before application.
  • Maintain a current grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have a recommendation from an Operator or manager.

The main differences between the two scholarship requirements are that you must have a higher GPA and show financial need for the True Inspiration scholarship. The Leadership Scholarship requires a lower GPA (2.5 instead of 3.0), and you aren’t required to show the need for the sum.


Where to Apply?


You can apply through a couple of sources. Each restaurant equipped with the Chick-Fil-A web portal computer and employee log in will have links to the application. If you do not have this access, you can apply online at the Chick-Fil-A website.

Before starting the application process, you should have your recommendation, high school transcripts and work history, community service history and other pertinent documents ready to upload.

The application isn’t very difficult or lengthy, though you will be required to fill out the forms in their entirety and supply all documents as requested, including proper format.

When you have everything ready, you can create an account, log in and begin the application process. There are resources available through the employee portal to assist you in filling out the application.

Once you are completed, you will submit the application and will receive an email stating the application was received. If you do not receive the confirmation, you will need to contact the scholarship board members to find out if it was received and what to do in the event it was not.

All of the contact information will be found alongside the application once the employee is logged in.


What are the Deadlines?


The open enrollment times change slightly from year to year, so you will need to be on the lookout for open and closing dates.

However, in most circumstances, the scholarships open in the Fall, each year and will run until December or January. The website will have an announcement (like this one) when the application process is open and when it is closed for the year.

You can reapply every year so long as you haven’t been a prior winner. If you apply and do not get the award, you can reapply the following year. There is no time limit or limit on the number of entries, except you may only apply once per year.

If you are a winner of the True Inspiration scholarship, you will not be eligible to win again in subsequent years, though, once you win you cannot apply again.

As long as you meet the requirements for the Leadership Scholarship, you can apply and win each year you are actively enrolled in school. There is a maximum award of $10,000 lifetime, though, so if you win four times (one a year for four years), you will not be able to apply again.

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In Conclusion


Not only does Chick-Fil-A offer tuition discounts at many colleges and universities around the country, but they also offer two annual scholarships.

The True Inspiration scholarship is a one time award of $25,000 towards tuition and books at any two or four-year college. You can also apply the scholarship to any technical schools, vocational schools, trade schools or web-based schools you like.

The Leadership Scholarship is a $2,500 award for the same school restrictions as the True Inspiration scholarship. However, you can win the award up to four times as long as you are an employee and are enrolled in school while continuing to apply and win the award.

The requirements are minimal with the biggest factors being that you must be a Chick-Fil-A employee, maintain community service for 12 months before applying and have a recommendation from an Operator or Manager in your store.

Chick-Fil-A wants their team members to continue to grow, personally, and financially while continuing their education. By offering over $13 million per year in scholarships, they are helping their employees do just that.

With a family first orientation and great customer service, Chick-Fil-A continues their excellence around the country by expanding the hopes, dreams and life choices of their employees.

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