Manager Matt Tellier, of Lake Brandon Village Chick-fil-A, presents a scholarship check to employee Teresa Cory from Brandon.

Chick-fil-A’s 38-year-old national leadership Scholarship program has awarded the honor to its newest recipient, Teresa Cory from Brandon.

A $1,000 scholarship was presented to Cory at the free-standing Chick-fil-A restaurant at Lake Brandon Village. Paul Holmberg is the Chick-fil-A franchised Operator at this location. Cory is the 31st team member from that location to receive the honor. She is currently attending Christendom College studying English.

Corey said, “It is so great that Chick-fil-A would give an employee a $1000 to go to school. It truly means more than life that her employer supports her schooling, and her future growth and development.” Corey says she is so grateful for the scholarship; it really took a load of stress off of her shoulders.

Matt Tellier, Manager at the Lake Brandon Village chick-fil-A said, “From an employer standpoint, we care about all our employees schooling and future growth and development. Anyway we can help, we will.  It’s so great to see the look on the employees face when we are able to hand them a scholarship that they can use for tuition or books. It really is a proud accomplishment to our business to see our employees become young adults and make the right decisions in life!

More than 55 years ago, Truett Cathy wrote a personal check to support the college dream of any employee at his original Dwarf House diner in Atlanta. Since that time, the chain has encouraged its restaurant team members toward pursuing excellence in education and officially created the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship program in 1973, seven years following the opening of Cathy’s first Chick-fil-A chain restaurant.

In 2010, chick-fil-A reconfirmed its commitment to the scholarship program by increasing the annual amount being awarded by nearly $150,000 – more than a 10 percent increase.  This year, Chick-fil-A has confirmed its commitment of $1.6 million in scholarship program support, impacting 1,600 students across the country.

Since the inception of Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Scholarship program, the chain has awarded scholarships totaling more than $2,960,000 in Florida and more than $27.3 million nationwide.  Each $1,000 scholarship helps support the higher education goals of restaurant team members who have attended more than 2,400 institutions.

Lake Brandon Village Chick-fil-A is located at 11325 Causeway Blvd. in Brandon. For more information, call 655-1237.

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