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CHICK-FIL-A RESTAURANTS AWARD $920,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS NATIONALLY IN 1992

 ATLANTA, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1992 Chick-fil-A, Inc. helped 920 students nationally to reach the goal of getting a college education by awarding $920,000 in scholarships to its restaurant employees -- part of more than $8.2 million the chain has awarded in scholarships since 1973.
 The program offers any Chick-fil-A restaurant employee an opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship to be used at the college of their choice. Any crew member who works at a Chick-fil-A location for two years or more, averaging 20 hours per week, and is recommended by their restaurant operator receives the scholarship.
 "I've always been a strong supporter of young people and feel the programs we've developed offer students an opportunity they may not have had to further their education," said S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman of Chick-fil-A. "It's been a real joy for me to see more than 8,200 of these scholarships awarded, and I consider each scholarship seeds well planted."
 Through a separate program, student employees are eligible to receive a four-year, $10,000 scholarship to Berry College in Rome, Ga.
 Created by Cathy in 1984, the WinShape Centre Foundation(R) has supported the unique joint scholarship program and student complex at the North Georgia school. Through this program, crew members also are eligible to receive a $10,000, four-year scholarship and enroll at Berry College as part of the chain-supported WinShape Centre.
 In addition to the college scholarship programs, Chick-fil-A sponsors other youth-oriented programs through its WinShape Centre Foundation. The foundation operates foster home care, summer camps, and the Berry College scholarship program.
 Why such an unusual commitment to its people? "It's a philosophy that works," according to Cathy. "We take pride in having one of the lowest crew turnover rates in the quick-service industry."
 In fact, the Council For Aid To Education, Inc. (CFAE) said it is not "aware of any company that does as much in the scholarship area in terms of the company's size; it's remarkable."
 In honor of his contributions to young people through the WinShape Centre programs, Cathy received the 1992 National Caring Award for being one of the 10 most caring people in America and in 1991 was awarded Atlanta's Shining Light Award on behalf of his work with young people.
 Chick-fil-A is the nation's third-largest quick-service chicken restaurant company. The company has 480 restaurants in 31 states with 1992 sales of $356 million.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: For the names of recent $1,000 scholarship recipients and the colleges they are attending, please contact the local Chick-fil-A restaurant closest to you, or call Don Perry in the Chick-fil-A corporate office in Atlanta at 404-765-8038./
 /CONTACT: Carlos DellaMaddalena or Rebecca Hart of Cohn & Wolfe, 404-688-5900, for Chick-fil-A, or Don Perry of Chick-fil-A, 404-765-8038/


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