Six hundred hourly restaurant employees at KFC restaurants across the country will receive a total of $1.2 million in college tuition assistance from the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation thanks to KFC Franchisees, including KFC in Hillsboro.
Through a competitive selection process, three Highland County residents – Brian Hampton, Heith Brown and James Walker – were chosen as winners of the REACH Scholarship and each will receive $2,000 for the 2016-17 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.
Hampton is a 2015 graduate of Lynchburg-Clay High School and will be attending Chatfield College in the fall. He will be majoring in liberal arts and plans to be an electrical engineer after college.
Brown is a 2016 graduate of Hillsboro High School and will be attending Thomas More College in the fall. He will be majoring in business administration and marketing. After college he plans to further his business experience with hopes to one day open his own business in Hillsboro.
Walker is a 2008 graduate of Hillsboro High School and is currently attending Wilmington College where he is majoring in education. After college he plans to become a school teacher.
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.
The Hillsboro restaurant is owned and operated by local franchisee Bagshaw Enterprises, Inc.
Submitted by Bagshaw Enterprises.