ATLANTA, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third year in a row, the Church's Partners Foundation is not only continuing its Church's® Scholars Program, but is also expanding it. The non-profit arm of Church's Chicken® is committed to awarding $1,000 scholarships to 225 recipients this year, up from 175 students last year. Graduating high school seniors in select states can apply until February 15, 2016.
"The response to the Church's Scholars Program has been tremendous," said Edward Brett, President of the Foundation. "We had 7,000 applicants last year and we're expecting even more this year. We also have seen a great deal of support from local communities and national organizations wishing to help fund the program, so we hope to keep expanding in the future." Funds for the Church's Scholars Program are raised primarily through the sale of coupon booklets that offer deals at select Church's Chicken restaurants, but private donations from vendors and employees also play a significant fundraising role. The program also received a $5,000 Newcomer's Award from the International Franchising Association's Franchising Gives Back program that is included in this year's funding.
The application process is currently open online at www.scholarsapply.org/churchsscholars through February 15, 2016. Eligible students must be U.S. Citizens or legal U.S. Residents who live in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Tennessee, or Texas. They must also be graduating high school seniors, or completing a home-school equivalent by the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. Minimum requirements include a grade point average of 2.7 out of 4.0 and plans to enroll part-time or full-time for the entire 2016-2017 year at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school in the U.S.
Scholarships will be awarded to those 225 applicants that demonstrate leadership, excellence in academics, participation in school and community activities, honors and awards, and work experience. A statement of goals and aspirations, review of personal and/or family circumstances, and an independent assessment will also be considered. Financial need is neither required nor factored into the selection.
To apply, eligible students should visit www.scholarsapply.org/churchsscholars and register for a free online account to begin the application process.
About Church's Chicken
Founded in San Antonio, TX in 1952 by George W. Church, Church's Chicken is one of the largest quick service restaurant chicken chains in the world. Church's specializes in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, Tender Strips®, sandwiches, honey-butter biscuits made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, home-style sides all for a great value. Church's (along with its sister brand Texas Chicken® outside the Americas) has more than 1,650 locations in 25 countries and international territories and system-wide sales of more than $1 billion. For more information, visit www.churchs.com. Follow Church's on Facebook at www.facebook.com/churchschicken and Twitter at www.twitter.com/churchschicken.
About Church's Partners Foundation
Founded in Atlanta, GA in 2007, the Church's Partners Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to provide support and assistance to the employees and franchisees of Church's Chicken and Texas Chicken, their families and the communities in which they live. Programs include the Church's Scholars Program, which provides $1,000 scholarships to eligible applicants. For more information, visit www.churchspartners.org or www.scholarsapply.org/churchsscholars.
Contact: Alexandria Autry
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