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The Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation believes in making a difference in the lives of those who are willing to work hard and improve themselves through education. Each year, the Foundation provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants to hundreds of deserving students across the country– $11.5 million since 2006. In the past two years alone, nearly $1.5 million of that was awarded to 808 KFC Team Members via the REACH Educational Grant Program.



The REACH Educational Grant Program helps KFC restaurant hourly Team Members and Shift Supervisors pursue their educational dreams. These $2,000 grants help Team Member recipients attend accredited four-year and two-year educational institutions, as well as trade/vocational schools. Winners are selected via a competitive application process and may reapply each year. We are accepting applications online for the REACH Educational Grant now through April 30, 2014. If you are currently a KFC Team Member, click here to apply today.

We are motivated by Colonel Sanders’ belief in the importance of hard work and determination, recognition, giving back and passion for a job well done. Our REACH Educational Grant recipients truly embody these characteristics. From the single parent finally completing a degree started 15 years earlier to those who are the first in their families to attend college, it’s difficult to hear their stories and not be inspired.

To learn more about the lives we’re impacting, please watch our video.


Through the KFC Colonel’s Scholars program, the Foundation continues to distribute scholarships to over 200 winners. As high school students, these recipients demonstrated financial need, an entrepreneurial drive and a commitment to community. Now, as college students and graduates, they continue to impress us with their efforts to give back in their local communities and the world over. Our Colonel’s Scholars alumni consist of doctors, engineers, lawyers, researchers and others who will continue to make a difference for years to come! Please note: This program has been discontinued.

Via the KFC Feeds program, the Foundation provides assistance to the victims of large-scale natural disasters by donating hot meals via churches, community centers and “on the ground” disaster relief organizations. Since 2005, over 200,000 meals have been donated to those in need in the aftermaths of some of the nation’s worst natural disasters.


Since 1998, the non-profit Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation has helped one of the world’s most recognizable brands give back. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 charity primarily funded by contributions from KFC Franchisees and KFC Corporation. If you’d like to support the Foundation’s work, please make a donation via the button above. All gifts to the KFC Foundation are completely tax-deductible.


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