KFC Foundation Selects Whiteoak Graduate as Scholarship Winner

Aug 20, 2014 2:20 PM ET
Pictured are Krystal Weddington of KFC and Hannah Walker.

Originally published on Highland County Press

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 Hillsboro’s own Bagshaw Enterprises. Through a competitive selection process, Whiteoak graduate Hannah Walker was chosen as a winner via the REACH Educational Grant Program™ and will receive $2,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.

The REACH program helps KFC team members pursue their educational dreams at four-year and two-year institutions, including trade/vocational and graduate schools.

Hannah is a 2014 graduate from Whiteoak High School. She will be attending Shawnee State University, where she will pursue a degree in dental hygiene.

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."

About the Foundation
The Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 charity. Since 1998, the non-profit has helped one of the world’s most recognizable brands give back. The Foundation has awarded nearly $12 million in scholarships and educational grants to deserving students since 2006. For more on the KFC Foundation and its programs, visit www.KFCFoundation.org.

About KFC

KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain. KFC specializes in Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy™, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Extra Crispy™ Strips, Hot Wings™, Go Cups, Famous Bowls, Pot Pies, freshly made chicken sandwiches, biscuits and homestyle side items. There are more than 18,000 KFC outlets in more than 115 countries and territories around the world. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM.) For more information, visit www.kfc.com. Follow KFC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KFC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kfc).