Chick-fil-A, Inc. to provide even greater educational assistance to team members through Remarkable Futures starting in 2017

ATLANTA, Ga., 2016-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — It all started in 1973. Based on Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy’s desire to see team members achieve their fullest potential, Chick-fil-A, Inc. began awarding college scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education. Through the years, Chick-fil-A, Inc. has awarded approximately $36 million to more than 36,000 team members nationwide. Starting in 2017, Chick-fil-A, Inc. is expanding its educational assistance initiative, known as Remarkable Futures, to provide even greater educational assistance to team members.

Through Remarkable Futures, Chick-fil-A, Inc. will provide scholarships to more than 1,850 team members a year nationwide with the opportunity to earn up to $25,000[1] to attend the college, university or vocational/technical school of their choice, as well as access to tuition discounts and other educational benefits at participating institutions.

Starting January 2, 2017, eligible Chick-fil-A team members can apply for any of three new of educational assistance opportunities:

Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship

In 2017, 1,850 students will have an opportunity to receive a $2,500 scholarship, with the ability to re-apply for up to four years – for a potential total of up to $10,000 for college while serving as Chick-fil-A team member. These scholarships will be awarded to Chick-fil-A team members based on leadership, academic achievement and community involvement.

True Inspiration Scholarship

In 2017, 12 students will have an opportunity to receive an individual, one-time award of up to $25,000. These scholarships will be awarded based on leadership, academic achievement, community involvement, along with demonstrated financial need.

Educational Assistance Opportunities

In addition to scholarships, Chick-fil-A is offering access to tuition discounts and other benefits for team members at more than 70 colleges and universities across the country, which can be combined with either of the above scholarships. Opportunities and eligibility vary by school, but benefits tuition discounts up to 30 percent and are effective immediately.

How can I apply?

If you are a Chick-fil-A team member, talk with your restaurant Operator or manager about eligibility requirements. The application process opens January 2, 2017, and closes on March 10, 2017, at 11:59 PM ET. Scholarship recipients will be notified in the spring, and funds will be sent to the applicable educational institutions in the summer to offset the cost of tuition for the academic year.

If you are not a restaurant team member, contact your local Chick-fil-A restaurant to learn more about job opportunities.

[1] The specific terms and conditions of any awarded scholarships will be different for team members of  Chick-fil-A Franchisees, team members of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Operated Restaurants, and team members of STC Brand Restaurants. Eligible Team members can earn up to a lifetime maximum of $25,000 in scholarships from Chick-fil-A, Inc.

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Chick-fil-A® offers team members up to $25,000 in scholarships, discounts and educational benefits in colleges and universities nationwide

ATLANTA, Ga., 2016-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chick-fil-A® announced today (September 19, 2016) it is expanding and updating the company’s scholarship initiative to offer Team Members maximum flexibility and support in their pursuit of higher education. The changes will more than double the company’s investment in Team Member scholarships – offering $4.9 million in scholarships in 2017 alone – to help students attend the school of their choice, as well as provide access to tuition discounts and other educational benefits at participating schools.

While Chick-fil-A, Inc. has awarded scholarships for more than 40 years, the enhanced educational assistance initiative, called Remarkable Futures, increases the amount of scholarships available. Students can receive up to $25,000 per year, as well as access to tuition discounts and other educational benefits at more than 70 colleges and universities nationwide, to help offset the cost of their education.

A significant, industry-leading initiative in both the number of scholarships awarded (more than 1,850 expected in 2017) and total financial investment in team members ($4.9 Million), Chick-fil-A, Inc.’s scholarship allows recipients to apply the funds to the school of their choice, whether online, on a college campus or at a vocational-technical school. And that’s not the only way Chick-fil-A, Inc. is offering students something different: local restaurant owners will nominate Team Members based on factors like leadership and community involvement, in addition to academic achievement. Chick-fil-A believes that commitment to community is an indicator of leadership and aims to foster future leaders with this initiative. The opportunities are open to Chick-fil-A Team Members who work both full- or part-time in a restaurant, and there is no length-of-service requirement associated with eligibility.

“Working in a Chick-fil-A restaurant is more than just an after-school job,” said Rodney Bullard, vice president of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. We want all Chick-fil-A Team Members to become the best they can be, and our educational assistance initiative is one way we are helping them on their journey to becoming leaders in their communities and their careers. We have seen generations of leaders formed in Chick-fil-A restaurants, and we are proud to play a formative role in their future – wherever their journey takes them.”

Starting January 2, 2017, eligible Chick-fil-A Team Members can apply for any of three new educational assistance opportunities:

  • Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship: In 2017, 1,850 students will have an opportunity to receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year, with the ability to re-apply for up to four years – for a potential total of up to $10,000 for college while serving as a Chick-fil-A Team Member. These scholarships will be awarded to Chick-fil-A Team Members based on leadership, academic achievement and community involvement. While this scholarship is not new (Chick-fil-A has awarded $36 million since 1973), the amount has more than doubled from the previous scholarship, which offered $1,000 and was non-renewable.
  • True Inspiration Scholarship: In 2017, 12 students will have an opportunity to receive an individual, one-time award of up to $25,000. These scholarships will be awarded to Chick-fil-A Team Members based on leadership, academic achievement, community involvement and demonstrated financial need.
  • Educational Assistance Opportunities: In addition to scholarships, Chick-fil-A is offering Team Members access to tuition discounts and other educational benefits at more than 70 colleges and universities across the country, which can be combined with either of the above scholarships. Opportunities and eligibility vary by school, but educational benefits include tuition discounts up to 30 percent and are effective immediately. For a full list of participating schools, visit chick-fil-a.com/scholarships.

To be eligible for these opportunities, applicants must be employed as a Team Member by a Chick-fil-A Franchisee, a Chick-fil-A, Inc.-operated restaurant, or an STC brand restaurant. Current restaurant team members can learn how to apply through their local Operator, Interim Manager or Executive General Manager.

Chick-fil-A, Inc. began awarding scholarships to Team Members in 1973 based on founder S. Truett Cathy’s desire to incentivize Team Members to further their education. Since then, nearly 36,000 Team Members have received scholarships, bringing the total amount to nearly $36 million applied at more than 3,000 schools nationwide.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc. 

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the second year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company was also the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.

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Chick-fil-A® doubles its investment in Team Member scholarships — offering $4.9 million in 2017 alone

ATLANTA, Ga., 2016-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chick-fil-A® announces today (September 19, 2016) a new initiative that will more than double the company’s investment in Team Members’ college educations – providing $4.9 Million in scholarships in 2017 alone, as well as access to tuition discounts and other benefits at more than 70 colleges and universities nationwide.  While Chick-fil-A has offered scholarships for more than 40 years, the enhanced initiative, called Remarkable Futures, increases the amount of funding per recipient, allowing students to receive up to $25,000 in scholarships to be applied at any accredited institution of their choice, including online and on-campus formats, and can be combined with tuition discounts and other educational benefits at participating institutions.

This investment in Chick-fil-A Team Members represents a significant, industry-leading initiative, both in the number of scholarships given (more than 1,850 expected in 2017) and total financial investment in Team Members ($4.9 Million). Chick-fil-A scholarship recipients have the flexibility to apply the funds at the traditional campus or online institution of the student’s choice, and there is also no length-of-service requirement associated with eligibility. Because the goal of this initiative is to build community leaders, scholarships will be awarded based on factors like leadership and community involvement, in addition to academic achievement.

“For some team members, working in a Chick-fil-A restaurant is just a season of their life. We want to help them achieve their dreams and equip them with the tools to do it,” said Rodney Bullard, vice president of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer team members the opportunity to advance themselves at the institute of higher learning of their choice.”

Starting January 2, 2017, eligible Chick-fil-A Team Members can apply for any of three new educational assistance opportunities:

  • Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship: In 2017, 1,850 students will have an opportunity to receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year, with the ability to re-apply for up to four years – for a potential total of up to $10,000 for college while working at a Chick-fil-A restaurant. These scholarships will be awarded to Chick-fil-A Team Members based on leadership, academic achievement and community involvement.

While this scholarship is not new (Chick-fil-A has awarded $36 Million in scholarships since 1973), the amount has more than doubled from the previous scholarship, which offered $1,000 and was non-renewable.

  • True Inspiration Scholarship: In 2017, 12 students will have an opportunity to receive an individual, one-time award of up to $25,000. These scholarships will be awarded to Chick-fil-A Team Members based on leadership, academic achievement, community involvement and demonstrated financial need.
  • Educational Assistance Opportunities: In addition to scholarships, Chick-fil-A is offering Team Members access to tuition discounts and other educational benefits at more than 70 colleges and universities across the country, which can be combined with either of the above scholarships. Opportunities and eligibility vary by school, but educational benefits include tuition discounts up to 30 percent and are effective immediately. For a full list of participating schools, visit chick-fil-a.com/scholarships.

To be eligible for these opportunities, applicants must be employed as a Team Member by a Chick-fil-A Franchisee, a Chick-fil-A, Inc.-operated restaurant, or an STC brand restaurant.

Chick-fil-A, Inc. began awarding scholarships to Team Members in 1973 based on founder S. Truett Cathy’s desire to incentivize Team Members to further their education. Since then, nearly 36,000 Team Members have received scholarships from Chick-fil-A, Inc., bringing the total amount to nearly $36 million applied at more than 3,000 schools nationwide.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2016 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the third year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the top five of the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company was also the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.

Corporate Media Hotline: (800) 404-7196

Email: cfapressroom@chick-fil-a.com

Twitter: @ChickfilANews

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Chick-fil-A kicks off Michigan expansion

LANSING, Mich,. 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. today formally kicked off its Michigan expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its first free-standing restaurant in the state’s capital city, Lansing.

The Lansing Chick-fil-A restaurant is one of two projected to open this fall – the other is located inside Troy’s Somerset Collection Mall. The restaurant company is committed to growth in Michigan and plans to build three to four new restaurants per year on average, totaling to 15 to 20 locations in various parts of the state over the next five years. Chick-fil-A’s expansion in Michigan comes at a time when 25 percent of the company’s new restaurant openings in 2016 will take place in the Midwest, which attests to the growth in that region.

In addition, Chick-fil-A has continued its national growth by entering several other new markets across the country.  In 2015, Chick-fil-A opened its first restaurants in Seattle and New York City, and so far this year, Chick-fil-A opened its first restaurant in Portland and a second location in New York City near Rockefeller Center. The company will also continue growing its footprint in various parts of the West and Northeast in the years to come.

Local Ownership of a Responsible Business

Every Chick-fil-A restaurant is a locally owned and operated small business, creating approximately 80 full- and part-time jobs each with employment and tax benefits going back to the local community. Chick-fil-A franchise owners live and work in the community in which their restaurants are located and are highly involved in the day-to-day operations at the restaurant. Seeking to become highly involved in their local communities, the franchise owners frequently work to support local schools and organizations.

Great food and great service are hallmarks of the Chick-fil-A experience, and each franchise owner aims to run a responsible and sustainable business. For example, all of Chick-fil-A’s napkins, tray liners and Kid’s Meal bags are made from 100 percent recycled content, and every restaurant nationwide recycles. Responsible business decisions extend down to even the coffee served at Chick-fil-A restaurants – the restaurant company chose its specialty-grade coffee partner, THRIVE Farmers coffee, in part because of their farmer-direct model that creates up to 10 times more income for their farmers than traditional coffee models.

Fresh Food with High-Quality Ingredients

Chick-fil-A is known for its menu of fresh, hand-crafted food that offers a variety of options for guests. Signature items include a hand-breaded, pressure-cooked, boneless chicken breast sandwich, Waffle Potato Fries and hand-spun milkshakes. Chick-fil-A’s Michigan restaurants will use only premium ingredients and make many of their menu items from scratch in the restaurant daily, including fresh-squeezed lemonade and salads.

At all Chick-fil-A restaurants, the chicken served is 100 percent whole breast meat, without any fillers, hormones or additives. Each chicken breast is hand-breaded to order and pressure cooked in 100 percent refined peanut oil, which is naturally trans-fat- and cholesterol-free. By the end of 2019, every Chick-fil-A restaurant will serve chicken raised without antibiotics.

Supportive Workplace

Known for developing and retaining young talent, Chick-fil-A offers a supportive workplace with competitive wages and respect for work-life balance (with Sundays off), as well as opportunities for leadership development and promotions that lead to management roles. To help its team members pay for college, the restaurant will also offer the opportunity for college scholarships through the restaurant company’s national program, which has provided more than $30 million to help its team members pay for college since its inception.

Commitment to Customer Service

With a long-standing tradition in the restaurant industry for setting the highest standards in customer service, Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants Industry by the American Customer Satisfaction Index for 2015. The company has also earned recognition as one of America’s “Most Inspiring Companies” byForbes Magazine, one of America’s “Top 20 Most Admired Brands” by The Harris Poll, “Top Fast Food Chicken Chain” – for best chicken sandwich, customer service and cleanliness – by Consumer Reports, among other honors.

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people and customers across the country, visit Inside.Chick-fil-A.com.

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About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1946 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants industry according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index and received the highest ACSI score ever in the industry. The company was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.

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