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Helps KFC restaurant employees pursue their dreams of going to college.

Pursue your dream of going to college


The REACH Educational Grant Program helps you pursue your dream of going to college. Employees of any age, any position, pursuing any degree could receive money to help them attend the accredited four-year or two-year college, trade/vocational school or graduate school of their choice.

Managers who are selected will receive a $4,000 grant; previous REACH Grant recipients receive $3,500 and first-time winners receive $3,000. Each REACH Grant is a one-time award, but winners may re-apply and, if selected again, win every calendar year.

There is one REACH Grant application period per year. The next opportunity to apply will be in February 2023.

  • I’m a restaurant general manager, assistant manager, shift supervisor or team member at a KFC restaurant participating in the KFC Foundation’s Franchise Donation Program
  • I am a high school graduate or equivalent (regardless of when you graduated, OR I am a senior in high school.
  • I plan to be enrolled in college, trade/vocational school or graduate school for the semester following the REACH Grant application period
  • I have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale on my most recent transcript (high school or college)

Janet L. Kuhn Scholarship

Janet Kuhn, KFC Director of Training Execution, passed away suddenly in December 2016. In response to her passing, a memorial scholarship fund with the KFC Foundation was created by two generous KFC franchisees and KFC Corporation (KFCC).

Janet’s 27-year career with the KFC brand began as a restaurant general manager. She worked her way up through the ranks, reaching leadership positions with KFCC in Operations, Restaurant Excellence, and Training. Throughout her career, Janet remained passionate about helping restaurant teams. She served on the KFC Foundation Board of Directors for 8 years, helping guide the mission toward providing assistance to the people who run KFC restaurants every day. She cared deeply about restaurant employees, her co-workers, and KFC’s customers. She was always willing to go out of her way to help someone.

The Janet L. Kuhn Scholarship provides an opportunity for one REACH Grant recipient per year to DOUBLE their grant money. That means the Janet L. Kuhn Scholarship winner would receive between $6,000 to $8,000 total, including their REACH Grant award! To be considered for this award, applicants must complete an essay during the REACH Grant application process.

Rise to REACH Guarantee

The REACH Grant is a competitive program, meaning not everyone who applies will receive a grant. The Rise to REACH Guarantee ensures every GED grad who applies for the grant, follows all instructions and meets eligibility requirements will receive a REACH Grant to further their education!

The KFC Foundation has partnered with Crisis Text Line® to provide free 24/7 text-based mental health support and crisis intervention for the KFC family.

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Text "Fries" to 741741 to text confidentially with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor.

To be eligible for the KFC Foundation’s programs, you must work at a KFC restaurant in the U.S. that participates in the KFC Foundation’s Franchise Donation Program.