The REACH Educational Grant Program® helps employees at participating KFC U.S. restaurants pursue their dreams of going to college. Employees of any age, any position, pursuing any degree can receive money to help them attend the accredited four-year or two-year college of their choice. The money can also be used at trade/vocational schools and for graduate study.

KFC Restaurant General Managers, Assistant Managers, Shift Supervisors and Team Members may apply for college tuition assistance funds. Managers who are selected will receive $3,000 for the academic year; previous REACH Grant recipients receive $2,500 and first-time winners receive $2,000. Employee-students can reapply for the money each year.


  • I’m a Restaurant General Manager, Assistant Manager, Shift Supervisors or Team Member at a participating KFC U.S. Restaurant
  • I’m currently enrolled in college or I plan to enroll in the next year
  • I have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
For KFC restaurant employees who didn’t graduate from high school, Rise with GEDWorks™ is a pathway to achieving their dreams. Offered in both English and Spanish, this free program, in partnership with GED Testing Service, provides unlimited access to GED® preparation and testing.

Rise includes a personal GED Advisor™ who is with the employee-student every step of the way! The program is open to all restaurant employees-- Restaurant General Managers, Assistant Managers and hourly Team Members-- at participating restaurants.


  • A FREE all-inclusive program from start to finish! Unlimited access to prep and testing
  • Your personal GED Advisor™ with you every step of the way
  • Exclusive Facebook group where you can get the support of others participating in the program

  • I’m not enrolled in high school
  • I’m at least 16 years old (may need to be at least 18 years old in some states)
  • I have not graduated from high school or received a GED® credential or equivalent
  • I’m a Restaurant General Manager, Assistant Manager, Shift Supervisor or hourly Team Member at a participating KFC U.S. Restaurant*

*Your restaurant must currently be participating in the Cole Slaw Donation Program. All KFC Equity restaurants participate. If you work at a franchise/licensed restaurant, please see your RGM for more information.


  • Get started now by creating an account.
  • We’ll verify your employment status via Learning Zone and/or with your RGM or franchisee.
  • Once verified, you'll take a practice test.
  • Then, your GED Advisor™ will contact you by phone to go over the program and create a plan just for you.
  • Simply start your study plan.
  • Your GED Advisor™ will continue to guide you through the program until you get your GED® credential.

The KFC Family Fund is available to employees at participating KFC U.S. restaurants who have been directly impacted by a severe hardship, crisis or catastrophic incident that was beyond their control. While money can’t eliminate the sorrow, it can hopefully eliminate some of the added stress that often accompanies it.

KFC Family Fund resources are designated for crisis situations, including fire, natural disasters, funeral costs, serious illness, personal injury (away from work), theft or loss of essential personal property, military deployment and other financial hardships. The purpose of the program is to provide temporary, limited financial relief.

All current employees at participating KFC restaurants are eligible for assistance from the KFC Family Fund, provided that they complete an application demonstrating how they have been impacted by a qualifying event, substantiate their expenses and prove their lack of financial resources.

An application must be made within ninety (90) days of the hardship to be considered. Only one application may be submitted for a qualifying event. You can only receive financial assistance from the KFC Family Fund once every 12 months. If you are in crisis or are experiencing a hardship, apply via the link below. Be advised, your eligibility will be verified.

Note: You will need to create a Salesforce username and password in order to complete the application for assistance. Follow the instructions to set up your account. Hold on to this username and password—You’ll use these credentials to log back into the Application Portal and upload your required documents, check your application status and apply for other KFC Foundation programs.

The KFC Foundation's MyChange with SaverLife program is an online portal that empowers employees at participating KFC restaurants to grow their financial know-how, build a habit of saving money and boost their savings accounts!

  • Earn points by engaging with different web content, logging your budget, saving money and simply signing onto the site once a week.
  • Redeem your points to get digital Scratch & Save tickets for a chance to win $5 each time!
  • Browse the dozens of articles written by certified financial experts that cover real-life topics such as “What can I cut out to save more money?” and “6 steps for when your credit is denied.”
  • Read stories of SaverLife members from across the country and engage with them through the community forum.

$1 for $1 Savings Match Challenges
Twice a year, the KFC Foundation offers Savings Match Challenges for MyChange with SaverLife members where you could earn up to $260 in extra money! Once accepted into the challenge, just grow your linked savings account balance by at least $10 a month for six months and the KFC Foundation will match your savings $1 for $1, up to $40 per month*. Plus, you'll get a $20 bonus just for signing up for the challenge! In just six months, you could build a $500 emergency fund (or boost your current emergency fund by $500!)

To be eligible for the KFC Foundation's Savings Match Challenges, you must:

  • Create a MyChange with SaverLife profile
  • Link your personal savings account to your SaverLife profile
  • Be employed at a KFC restaurant that participates in the Cole Slaw Donation Program at the time of the challenge
  • Have a household income that qualifies (don't worry about this part – most people will qualify; we'll do the work verifying on our end!)

All MyChange with SaverLife members** with linked savings accounts will receive an email on December 1 and June 1 each year prompting you to complete a quick eligibility form if you’d like to participate in the next Savings Match Challenge. The Savings Match Challenges will begin on January 1 and July 1.

This year, Kentucky Fried Wishes is empowering KFC restaurants to give back to their community. Restaurant teams can nominate a local non-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant for a project on their wish list! The KFC Foundation will award up to 11 grants. The goal is for each Kentucky Fried Wish to make a tangible impact on the local community and the people who live there.

For KFC restaurant teams: Program FAQs For non-profit organizations: Grant Guidelines

Key Dates

  • July 12-23: Restaurant teams nominate a local non-profit organization
  • July 27-August 10: Nominated non-profit organizations complete a grant application
  • September 9: Selected Kentucky Fried Wishes announced!
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