Cumming Chick-fil-A Restaurant Team Member Selected by 90-Year-Old Chick-fil-A Founder to Win Chain’s Top Scholarship
Cumming resident, one of only 25 winners nationwide, honored with award
CUMMING, Ga. (Aug. 3, 2011) – Chick-fil-A® Founder and CEO S. Truett Cathy selects Cumming resident McKenzie Reeves from more than 1,500 candidates to receive the 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award which is given to only 25 restaurant team members each year.
Gene Reeves, franchised Operator of The Avenue Forsyth Chick-fil-A restaurant at 430 Peachtree Pkwy., presented the award to his daughter McKenzie.
Started in 1997, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award each year singles out 25 restaurant team members from among the recipients of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship the previous year, which amounted to more than 1,500 in 2010, to receive a second $1,000 scholarship. Cathy, along with a blue-ribbon panel of Atlanta community leaders, selected Reeves for the chain’s top scholarship based on her personal excellence in academics, community service and leadership.
“We’re thrilled to be able to invest in the future of our team members by helping them continue their education,” said Cathy, who celebrated 90 this year. “It has long been my goal to encourage youth such as McKenzie to strive for excellence and to lead by example. She truly exemplifies the work ethic, dedication and customer service that we believe sets the high standard for our more than 50,000 restaurant team members across the country.”
Reeves has worked for Chick-fil-A for nearly three years at The Avenue Forsyth location. She is studying Journalism at Berry College, Mount Berry. A 2010 graduate of South Forsyth High School in Cumming, Reeves was active in Beta Club, Nation Honor Society and school newspaper. She also volunteered with many community service projects sponsored by Creekside United Methodist Church.
“McKenzie is an exceptional team member with strong leadership skills, great customer service and a winning attitude,” said Reeves. “It’s a pleasure to reward those efforts with this prestigious scholarship and to recognize her as a valuable asset not only to our restaurant, but also to our community.”
Chick-fil-A’s franchised Operators, many who are former Leadership Scholarship and S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award recipients, continue this legacy of excellence by mentoring the dozens of restaurant team members they employ at the more than 1,560 Chick-fil-A locations nationwide. By setting the example in their restaurants, Chick-fil-A Operators strive to create an environment that promotes the development of key character traits such as a strong work ethic, goal-setting, integrity, service and leadership.
Since its creation to celebrate Chick-fil-A’s 25 years of awarding scholarships, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award has awarded $375,000 in scholarship funds to previous Leadership Scholarship recipients. Founded in 1973, Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Scholarship program has awarded more than $27.3 million in $1,000 scholarships. It is projected that Chick-fil-A scholarship recipients have attended one of more than 2,400 institutions across the country.
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Truett Cathy developed the original Chick-fil-A boneless breast of chicken sandwich in his 24-hour Dwarf House® diner near Atlanta in the early 1960s, and he opened his first Chick-fil-A® restaurant in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall in 1967. Since then, the chain has grown to include more than 1,560 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Chick-fil-A, Inc. reached more than $3.5 billion in sales in 2010 — resulting in its 43rd consecutive year of growth. The chain plans to add 90 locations this year, including 75 stand-alone and retail outlets and 15 licensed outlets in non-traditional locations such as college campuses. More information about Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s websites, located at www.chick-fil-a.com/pressroom , or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChickfilA or Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ChickfilA.