Kentucky Fried Chicken awards 75 high school seniors scholarships

June 29, 2012

Colonel Harland Sanders had a variety of jobs before he got down to the business of making the world's most famous fried chicken. And years later, after his Kentucky Fried Chicken brand has established itself at the head of the market, a scholarship was created in his memory. Over the past seven years, the Colonel's Scholars scholarship has given more than $10 million to high school seniors moving on to higher education at a college or university of their choice.

The 75 winners for 2012 will each receive up to $20,000 in assistance towards a Bachelor's degree - as much as $5,000 a year. The students all show a wide range of academic interests. Some, like Jay Turner of Minnesota, are pursuing majors in math, biochemistry and physics - even though he's graduating at only 15.

A number of former Colonel's Scholars are going on to graduate degrees, including two who will be attending Harvard next fall. At the 2011 KFC Colonel's Scholar Charity Golf Tournament, one of that year's recipients, Noor Yussuf, gave a speech about his interest and aspirations as well as the difficulty of finding financial aid for college, thanking Kentucky Fried Chicken for the opportunity it gave him.

Scholarship opportunities are available far and wide for high school seniors and adults wanting to return to education. Seeking them out can be as easy as an internet search away.

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