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This Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Scholar has big dreams with a smile to match

Chick-fil-A® Franchise Operator T.J. Wilson leads his Decatur, Ga., restaurant with a simple saying: “Why we exist.” The three-word credo reminds him and his team members to serve with excellence every day — whether in the restaurant, at school or in the community.

To T.J., Shemar Little embodies this saying. A hard worker who’s always ready with a smile, the Wesley Chapel Road Chick-fil-A team member was the valedictorian of his high school. Now, he’s a sophomore at the University of Georgia studying to become an anesthesiologist. After graduation, his dream is to save enough money to attend medical school.

“Shemar is that kid who does everything right, but financially there’s a gap,” T.J. says.

Enter Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures scholarships. Since 1973, Chick-fil-A has been awarding scholarships to team members to help them pursue their dreams of higher education. Each year, eligible team members can apply to receive a Leadership Scholarship of $2,500 based on their leadership, academic achievement and community involvement. Twelve outstanding team members who have these three qualities plus a demonstrated financial need are awarded a True Inspiration Scholarship — totaling up to $25,000.

This past May, T.J. surprised Shemar with the big news: He’d been selected as one of the $25,000 True Inspiration Scholarship winners.

Watch the video to see just how Shemar reacted to receiving this life-changing news. (Hint: Grab a tissue!)

And, be on the lookout for the great things this True Inspiration Scholar is going to do. With big dreams and an even bigger heart, we know Shemar Little is on his way to creating a #remarkablefuture.

Are you ready to begin your remarkable future with Chick-fil-A? Click here for more information and to find your nearest Chick-fil-A location.

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