Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation Helps KFC® Team Members Reach for Their Dreams

Jun 9, 2015 11:05 AM ET

Originally posted on YUM! Global Newsroom

The Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2015 REACH Educational Grant. Through the program, 683 KFC team members and shift supervisors at KFC restaurants across the country will receive over $1.4 million in college tuition assistance for the 2015-16 academic year.

The REACH Educational Grant Program® helps hourly restaurant team members pursue their educational dreams at four-year and two-year colleges, including trade/vocational and graduate schools. The program is inspired by Colonel Harland Sanders and his belief in helping people who are trying to better themselves through education.

“KFC is truly a place to grow and be your best self,” said Krista Snider, managing director of the Foundation. “The Foundation is proud to be able to provide assistance to such an inspiring, hard-working group of students and restaurant employees.” The winners are selected via a competitive application process and can re-apply each year.

The Foundation has awarded nearly $14 million in scholarships and educational grants to over 2,500 deserving students since 2006 – 2,100 of those recipients have been hourly KFC restaurant team members. The Foundation is an independent non-profit organization primarily supported by KFC franchisees and the KFC Corporation.

To learn more about the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation and the REACH Educational Grants please visit,