This month, 600 hourly restaurant employees at KFC restaurants across the country will receive $1.2 million in college tuition assistance from the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation thanks to KFC Franchisees, including KFC in Rosemount, OH. Through a competitive selection process, Scioto County resident Keionna Riddlebarger was chosen as a winner of the REACH Scholarship and will receive $2,000 for the 2016-17 academic year.
The REACH program helps KFC team members pursue their educational dreams at four-year and two-year institutions, including trade/vocational and graduate schools.
Keionna is a 2016 graduate of Valley High School and will be attending Ohio Christian University in the fall. She will be majoring in Criminal Justice and plans to attend the FBI Academy after graduation.
The program takes inspiration from Colonel Harland D. Sanders and his belief in the importance of hard work, giving back and passion for a job well done. “The KFC Family has a long and rich history of philanthropy,” said Krista Snider, managing director of the Foundation. “We’re proud to be able to honor Colonel Sanders’ legacy and help this inspiring, diverse group of students— from the single parent finally completing a degree started 15 years earlier to those who are the first in their families to attend college.
The Rosemount, OH restaurant is owned and operated by local franchisee Bagshaw Enterprises, Inc.