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Chick-fil-A Community Scholars

Through the Chick-fil-A™ Community Scholars program, Chick-fil-A, Inc. helps pay for the education of leaders in our communities who want to continue learning, while also investing in their leadership development.

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At a glance

12Community Scholars every year

$25,000awarded to each recipient

1year-long leadership development and mentorship program


Developing future leaders

Every year, at least twelve (12) $25,000 scholarships are awarded to students based on academic success, community service and financial need. The Chick-fil-A Community Scholars also participate in the Chick-fil-A Scholars Program, a one-year engagement that includes mentoring and leadership development alongside our Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Scholars. Through this program, we recognize remarkable individuals who share our dedication to caring for others and caring for their communities. It is our pleasure to support the academic journeys of these future leaders.

At Chick-fil-A, we wholeheartedly believe in the importance of education and opportunity. It is a privilege to support the advancement of service-minded leaders through the Chick-fil-A Community Scholars program, helping them forge a path to follow their dreams and have a positive influence on others. Brent Fielder, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Relieving educational expenses

Awards can be used for tuition, fees, books and education-related expenses incurred at any accredited college, university or vocational/technical school. Scholarship checks are made payable to the school and cannot be applied toward student loans or refunded to students. In addition to the scholarship, these students participate in a year-long program focused on leadership development and mentoring.

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please reach out to Scholarship America, our Chick-fil-A scholarship partner, at



To apply to become a 2024 Chick-fil-A Community Scholar, you must:

  • Be a resident in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada.
  • Be a postsecondary undergraduate or graduate student or planning to enroll in undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Be recommended by a teacher, coach, community leader or mentor, addressing the applicant’s personal and/or professional achievement. Up to three recommendation letters will be accepted.
  • Show demonstrated care through community-service in the twelve (12) months prior to application. You will be asked to share in what ways you were able to make an impact on your community, friends and family.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Academic awards and recognition will be considered. Applicants are required to upload a transcript that displays their name, school name, classes taken and GPA.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Not be employed at a Chick-fil-A® restaurant or Chick-fil-A, Inc. at the time of application or the dependent or spouse of a Chick-fil-A, Inc. Employee or Operator.

Key dates

  • August 8, 2023 – Applications open
  • November 1, 2023 – Applications close
  • Spring 2024 – Scholarship recipients notified
  • July 2024 – Award payments distributed

Application Tips

Follow these tips to ensure a successful application. Be sure to keep a copy of your completed application, including your recommendation letter(s), for your records.

Celebrating our 2023 Recipients

In March, our Community Scholars were invited to the Chick-fil-A Support Center in Atlanta, GA for what they thought was a final scholarship interview. Instead, each was surprised with a $25,000 scholarship to help them follow their dreams.

Our 13 Community Scholars were selected due to their outstanding academic achievement, demonstrated care through community service, as well as personal recommendations from a teacher, coach, community leader or mentor who spoke to each recipient’s personal and professional achievements.

Meet the Scholars

This year’s recipients are incredible community-service minded leaders with impressive academic, professional and personal goals. We are honored to be a part of their journey, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the years ahead. Congratulations to the 2023 Chick-fil-A Community Scholars! 

Citlali C.

Palm Desert, CA

As a first-generation college student, Citlali will use the scholarship to study at an undergraduate school without any debts or loans.

Katie C.

Cape Code, MA

As a Columbia University graduate, Katie intends to pursue a career in law.

Allen H.

Wesley Chapel, FL

Allen is majoring in engineering and hopes to help improve the sustainability of consumer goods.

Camila Marmolejo M.

San Diego, CA

The scholarship will enable Camila as a first-generation student to complete her undergraduate studies at Harvard and attend medical school.

Ethan M.

Woodbridge, VA

With the help of this scholarship, Ethan is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on helping people with robotics.

Nathan M.

Woodbridge, VA

With the help of this scholarship, Nathan plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Winifred O.

Chicago, IL

Winifred hopes to address international disparities in the global distribution of technology through her studies of sociology and computer science in college.

Saehee P.

McLean, VA

With this scholarship, Saehee plans to pursue higher education to eventually lead a career in public service.

Taylor P.

Kimberly, WI

With this scholarship, Taylor hopes to graduate with her bachelor’s in business administration and start law school.

Eleanor Ann S.

El Paso, TX

Eleanor is a member of Yale’s class of 2025 studying global affairs at the Jackson School of Global Affairs.

Denerick S.

Savannah, GA

With the help of this scholarship, Denerick plans to become a general dentist to serve underserved populations and eventually teach within higher education.

Tiffany T.

Beaumont, TX

With the aid of this scholarship, Tiffany will continue to pursue her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.

Angelina X.

Basking Ridge, NJ

With this scholarship, Angelina will tackle interdisciplinary problems in tech, medicine and finance.
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