This month, 600 hourly restaurant employees at KFC restaurants across the country will receive $1.2 million in college tuition assistance from the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation thanks to KFC Franchisees, including the KFC in Highland County.
Through a competitive selection process, four local KFC employees have been chosen as winners via the REACH Educational Grant Program and will receive $2,000 for the 2015-16 academic year. The winners are Neil Rowlands, Allyson Boone, James Walker and Kayla Deatley. In addition, Hannah Walker also of the Hillsboro KFC qualified for a $2,500 Rising Star scholarship for her second year at Shawnee State University.
The REACH program helps KFC team members pursue their educational dreams at four-year and two-year institutions, including trade/vocational and graduate schools.
Rowlands is a 2015 graduate of Lynchburg-Clay High School and will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall. He will be majoring in biology and plans on attending medical school to become an anesthesiologist.
Boone is a 2015 graduate of Hillsboro High School and will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall. She will be majoring in computer Science and engineering and plans on working as a software engineer after she graduates.
James Walker is currently attending Wilmington College and is majoring in special education. After graduating he plans on becoming a teacher specializing in students with moderate to intense disabilities.
Deatley is currently attending Northern Kentucky University and is majoring in nursing. After graduating she plans on becoming an RN and continuing her education to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Hannah Walker is currently attending Shawnee State University and is majoring in Dental Hygiene. Upon graduation she plans practice dental hygiene with a local dentist. This is the second year in a row that Hannah has received a KFC Scholarship.
The program takes inspiration from Colonel Harland D. Sanders and his belief in the importance of hard work, giving back and passion for a job well done.
“The KFC Family has a long and rich history of philanthropy,” said Krista Snider, managing director of the foundation. “We’re proud to be able to honor Colonel Sanders’ legacy and help this inspiring, diverse group of students – from the single parent finally completing a degree started 15 years earlier to those who are the first in their families to attend college.
Inaddition Taryn Lowe of the Jeffersonville KFC/AW who will receive $2,000 for the 2015-16 academic year and Kyle Weddington also of the Jeffersonville KFC/AW, qualified for a $2,500 Rising Star scholarship for his second year at The Ohio State University.
Lowe is a 2015 graduate of Hillsboro High School and will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall. She will be majoring in computer science and engineering and plans on working as a software engineer after she graduates.
Weddington is a 2014 graduate of East Clinton High School and will continue his education for his sophomore year at The Ohio State University. He is majoring in computer science engineering and plans to seek employment at a software firm designing applications for computers and phones. This is the second year in a row that Weddington has received a KFC Scholarship.
Both KFC Fayette County restaurants and the Hillsboro KFC are owned and operated by local franchisee operator Bagshaw Enterprises, Inc.
Submitted by Krystal Weddington of KFC.