This restaurant chain just awarded $2,500 scholarships to 37 Dayton-area crew members

More than three dozen crew members of Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout the Dayton area have been awarded $2,500 each in scholarship money from the chain's franchise owners.

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The 37 recipients range from 2018 high school graduates to college students already enrolled in master's-degree programs, Marla Davis, franchise owner of Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Cornerstone of Centerville development and on Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp., told this news outlet.

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The $92,500 awarded to local employees is part of Chick-fil-A's "Remarkable Futures" education initiative that this year awarded a total of $14.5 million in scholarships to more than 5,700 Chick-fil-A employees nationwide. The scholarships can be applied to any area of study at any accredited institution, including two- or four-year colleges and universities, online programs, or technical/vocational schools, Chick-fil-A officials said in a release.

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Chick-fil-A began awarding scholarships in 1973, when Founder S. Truett Cathy sought a way to encourage his crew members to further their education.

Scholarships are awarded based on crew members’ leadership, academic achievement and community involvement.

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Here is a breakdown of the Dayton-area stores and the number of scholarship recipients. Applicants are nominated by local store operators, and final selections are made by a national panel.

Cornerstone of Centerville — 13

Beavercreek — 12

Washington Twp. (Miamisburg-Centerville Road)— 6

Mall at Fairfield Commons — 4

Dayton Mall — 1

Troy — 1

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