Chick-fil-A recently gave $2,500 scholarships to seven Paulding restaurant employees as part of its annual effort to encourage student workers to seek education beyond high school.

Melissa Halleck, an employee of Chick-fil-A in Hiram, and Charity Akers, Cara Bloye, Natalie Boyd, Nathan Boyd, Lauren Brown and Chernice Montgomery, all of the Dallas Chick-fil-A restaurant, each received the Remarkable Futures scholarship.

They were among 3,424 students around the country to receive $2,500 to begin or continue their education at the educational institute of their choice, a news release stated. 

Kurt Davis, the independent franchise operator of the two Paulding restaurants, nominated the winners based on factors like leadership and community involvement, in addition to academic achievement.

Halleck has worked at the Hiram location for four years and already has earned an associate’s degree in special education from Georgia Highlands College. She plans to use the funds to pursue a degree in elementary education at the University of Georgia, said Paulding Chick-fil-A marketing director Kristie Summers.

 Akers and Nathan Boyd currently attend Kennesaw State University, though Boyd is seeking to transfer to Georgia Tech, Summers said.

Brown is a North Cobb Christian School student who will use the money to attend UGA.

Paulding County High School students Natalie Boyd will attend University of West Georgia, and Montgomery will attend Valdosta State University.

Bloye, a North Paulding High School student, plans to attend Liberty University in Virginia, Summers said.

Chick-fil-A expanded its scholarship initiative this year to give employees nationwide a total of nearly $9 million toward any accredited institute of higher education they choose.

“Whether they choose online, two-year, technical programs or traditional college experiences, Chick-fil-A team members have the flexibility to get the education that’s right for them,” the release stated.

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