$17,000 Awarded to Chick-fil-A Team Members

Cornelia - PRESS RELEASE - Chris Wright, owner/ operator at Chick-fil-A Cornelia, announced the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarships live from Downtown Cornelia’s Train Depot on Friday, April 17th.

Acknowledgments were made via Facetime to allow for social distancing compliance while celebrating each team member’s achievement.

Holly Cain, an almost five-year veteran of Chick-fil-A Cornelia and current Team Lead, is a three-time recipient of the Chick-fil-A Scholarship. Holly attends the University of North Georgia majoring in Early Childhood Education. She hopes to teach kindergarten or first grade.

Elle Smith began her journey at Chick-fil-A Cornelia approximately 2 years ago. She will be attending Truett McConnell University and plans to major in Christian Studies to prepare for ministry and missions.

Mark Hayward is currently attending North Georgia Technical College and plans to pursue an accounting degree from the University of North Georgia. He hopes to put his degree to use in the field of sports management. Mark has served at Chick-fil-A Cornelia since October 2015 and presently serves as Team Lead.

Josie Grindle graduates this year and intends to study Biology at UNG Dahlonega as a first step towards becoming a dermatologist. October will make four years for Josie serving guests at Chick-fil-A Cornelia.

Andi Sells, a Team Lead at Chick-fil-A Cornelia, launched her college journey earlier this year at the University of Tennessee studying Business Analytics. Andi will celebrate three years at Chick-fil-A Cornelia in November.

Joanna Knox has been with Chick-fil-A Cornelia for three years as of last December and operates as a Team Lead. Joanna will pursue Health Care Administration at Piedmont College in hopes of working in a doctor’s office or hospital.

Chris Wright also awarded the 2020 Chick-fil-A Cornelia Character Scholarship to four team members: Ashlin Kilgore, Bailen Meeler, Ben Grimsley, and Grace Wills.

Ashlin is graduating this year and on her way to Toccoa Falls College to study Children and Family Ministries to pursue a career in the foster care system. Ashlin has been part of the culinary team at Chick-fil-A Cornelia since August.

Bailen joined the Chick-fil-A Cornelia team last August and is in training to become a Team Lead. He will begin his studies at North Georgia Technical College in Business Management and Marketing. Bailen hopes to eventually enter the Leadership Development Program and become a Chick-fil-A operator.

Ben is attending UNG Dahlonega and studying Business Management with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Ben is excited to work in student ministry as well as in business in some capacity. January brought about Ben’s third anniversary at Chick-fil-A Cornelia where he is a Team Lead.

Grace graduates this year as valedictorian of her class and is looking forward to attending the University of Georgia in the fall. Grace is approaching two and a half years on the Chick-fil-A Cornelia Guest Experience team.

Over the last three years, $32,000 in scholarships have been awarded to team members of Chick-fil-A Cornelia.