Chick-fil-A Launches Nationwide Community Scholars Program

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MINT HILL, NC – Chick-fil-A has established a new scholarship program to assist students who plan to continue their education in college, vocational or graduate school programs.

Chick-fil-A is well known for its commitment to Team Members’ education.  Through the Remarkable Futures Scholarship initiative, Chick-fil-A offers two scholarship opportunities – the $25k True Inspiration Scholarship and the $1k-$2.5k Leadership Scholarship – to Team Members who work at franchised, company-owned and/or affiliated restaurants.  These scholarships can be used at any accredited college, university, technical or vocational school by full-time or part-time students.  

Since 1973, Chick-fil-A has awarded $136 million in scholarships to 80,000 Team Members in the US and Canada.  In 2022 alone, 12,700 Team Members were awarded scholarship funds through the Remarkable Futures Scholarship initiative.

The Community Scholars Program, administered by Scholarship America, marks an expansion of Chick-fil-A’s existing education initiatives.  The new scholarship program will award up to $25k to twelve students who demonstrate financial need as well as a commitment to both academics and community service.  The key difference between this program and Remarkable Scholars is that the Community Scholars program is open to any students in their final year of high school, undergraduate or graduate school who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate or graduate school in the upcoming academic year; Chick-fil-A team members may not apply.

Applicants to the Chick-fil-A Scholars Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Reside in the United States or Canada
  • Be in their final year of high school, college or graduate school and plan to enroll in full time graduate or undergraduate study at a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Be involved in community service, extracurricular activities, and/or a leadership role in the twelve months prior to the application deadline.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Applicants are required to submit a current, complete transcript of grades, an official copy of SAT or ACT test scores, the first two pages of their own or their parents’ IRS tax form, and 1-3 letters of recommendation.

Applications will be reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team, who will select 60 finalists; Chick-fil-A, Inc. will select the final recipients.  Winners will be selected on the basis of academics; activities, awards and honors; community service/volunteering; letters of recommendation; and financial need.  

Winners will be awarded up to $25K to be used for all education-related expenses for undergraduate or graduate study at any accredited college, university or vocational/technical school.  Recipients will also have the opportunity to participate in Chick-fil-A’s Scholars Program, a one year experience of mentoring, activities and professional development.  

Chick-fil-A’s scholarship programs are one small piece of the company’s “Giving Philosophy.”  Chick-fil-A depends on its Operators to find ways to serve their local communities, whether that’s supporting the troops through military appreciation events or sponsoring national programs and partnerships locally, like Junior Achievement.

The deadline to apply for the Community Scholars Program is November 2, 2022.  Visit for more information.

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: