Eight Eufaula Chick-fil-A team members have recently been awarded six $2,500 and one $500 college scholarship from Chick-fil-A, Inc. through the Chick-fil-A Remarkable Futures Scholarships initiative.
Since 2019, Chick-fil-A Eufaula Owner and Operator Bob McFadden has awarded over 40 scholarships totaling more than $75,000.
Two of the $2,500 recipients are Madison Moorer, a senior at Eufaula High School, and Holden Dunlap, a senior at Abbeville Christian, both of whom plan on attending Auburn University in the fall.
Moorer, who just earned her one-year anniversary pin, said she plans on majoring in chemical engineering and potentially specializing in biomedical engineering with the goal of becoming a doctor, and she recently received her white coat certification after taking a biomedical course all four years at EHS. With big plans on the horizon, Moorer said the scholarship will be put to good use.
“It’s really shown me, this year especially with getting a job, that its very beneficial to have something there to help with these expenses that have to be paid,” she said.
She also added that she was grateful for the experiences she’s had over the last year working at Chick-fil-A and for the leadership McFadden has shown.
“It’s been amazing; I really do love my job and my store operator. He makes sure we feel comfortable here and that we have all of these opportunities, like these scholarships, in front of us,” Moorer said. “It’s a nice family here.”
Dunlap, who joined the team in October 2020 and was the first person McFadden interviewed virtually, has mapped out a path of majoring in political science, minoring in theater and enrolling in a CIA-run year and a half scholarship program post-graduation before attending law school. He said he hopes to run his own law firm one day, he’s just not sure of the location.
Though he’s only been a member of the team for seven months, Dunlap said he’s been able to make meaningful connections with his co-workers and guests alike.
“Working with all of my teammates and getting to make those connections and be a part of a community has been a great experience,” he said.
Kristin Clark, the recipient of the $500 scholarship, is in her second year of nursing school at Andrews College nearby in Georgia. Clark said she was drawn to nursing because of her desire to help people.
“I knew I wanted to go into the medical field, but I didn’t want to be a doctor, so nursing is really what I have a passion for, especially geriatrics,” she said. “I just like helping people.”
Clark has been on staff from around the time the restaurant opened almost two years ago and said while nursing is her calling, she enjoys getting up and coming to work every day.
“It’s not just a job here; the people I work with are so sweet,” she said. “It’s not hard for me to get out of bed and come to work at all. This is top tier fast food.”
Clark said that because she didn’t apply for the scholarship, she was shocked when McFadden called her name.
“The scholarships were all being handed out and Bob was like, ‘Here, I’ve got something for you, too.’ and handed me this big envelope,” she said. “I was just like ‘Wow, thank you. I could really use this.’”
Because her books are already covered for this semester, Clark said the scholarship will go towards her tuition. With clinicals coming up and gas prices on the rise, she said every bit helps. She is set to graduate in spring 2022.
Other recipients of the $2,500 scholarship are Powell Balkcom, Blaire Finlayson, Beth Weathers, Iyana Malone and Morgan Kennedy.
McFadden said he’s happy to provide his team members with any resource he can to help them succeed and get the recognition they deserve.
“Anything we can do to recognize these kids, we want to do it. They don’t get enough appreciation for the job they do, especially working through this pandemic the last year,” he said. “This is a big way to recognize all the effort they’ve put in, and this gives us another incentive to get people to come work at Chick-fil-A.
“If I can spend just a year or two years with a kid and use any of the tools we have here to help them get a scholarship and get them on their way, I feel like I’ve done my job. That satisfies me more than someone saying we have a better chicken sandwich than somewhere else down the road.”
About the scholarship programThis year, Chick-fil-A will invest $19 million in restaurant team members’ continuing education, awarding college scholarships to 7,492 team members in 44 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada. Team members can apply their scholarships to any area of study at any accredited institution, furthering Chick-fil-A’s long-standing commitment to education and helping restaurant team members achieve their academic dreams.
In a 2020 survey of scholarship recipients, 54 percent of Chick-fil-A restaurant team members stated their scholarship made it possible to attend college, with 16 percent being first-generation college students. Nearly 98 percent of the 2020 scholarship recipients surveyed said that scholarship opportunities are an important benefit to working at Chick-fil-A restaurants.
Since 1970, Chick-fil-A, Inc. has awarded more than $110 million in scholarships to more than 66,000 restaurant team members. To be eligible for a scholarship or educational assistance, applicants must be restaurant team members employed by an independent, franchised Chick-fil-A restaurant business, a Chick-fil-A, Inc.-operated restaurant or an S. Truett Cathy (STC) brand restaurant.