KFC Colonel’s Scholars(R) Awards 100 Talented High School Seniors a Leg Up...

KFC Colonel’s Scholars(R) Awards 100 Talented High School Seniors a Leg Up on College Tuition

Thousands of High School Seniors Apply for $2 Million in Scholarships Available through KFC's Colonel's Scholars 2008 Program


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LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This fall, the KFC Colonel’s Scholars program sends off its largest class of students to college. This is the third annual class of Scholars.

More than 70,000 graduating high school seniors who excelled in and out of the classroom applied for the scholarships starting in January 2008. The KFC Colonel’s Scholars program awarded 100 scholarships based on financial need and the impact of students on their schools and communities. Each award winner is eligible to receive up to $20,000 during the next four years to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public university within his or her home state.

This year’s class of KFC Colonel’s Scholars, which is twice the size of the previous two years’ classes, represents diverse backgrounds and talents. The increased size of this year’s class is due to the generous support of funding through its donor-assisted scholarships as well as its foundation funded scholarships. One Scholar maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while working three part-time jobs to help support her family. Another Scholar launched an innovative stay-in-school program called “Please Come Back.” The initiative convinced five school dropouts to return to class.

“All who met Colonel Sanders felt his love of education. Whether in the kitchen, welcoming customers or on the road visiting franchisees, the Colonel was truly dedicated to both teaching and learning everyday,” said Roger Eaton, president of KFC. “These 100 KFC Colonel’s Scholars carry on that legacy.”

“As a KFC Franchisee and a donor assisted scholarship supporter, I am thrilled to be a part of sending off the Class of 2008 and continuing to carry on the Colonel’s commitment to education,” stated Darlene Pfeiffer.

KFC Colonel’s Scholars, now in its third year, is an annual program of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, an independent charity supported by KFC, its employees and franchisees, and KFC Corporation. The KFC Colonel’s Scholars’ mission is to empower students to improve their lives with scholarship resources. The program has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships since its inception.

For more information on KFC Colonel’s Scholars and the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, visit http://www.KFC.com or http://www.KFCscholars.org.

About KFC Colonel’s Scholars

KFC Colonel’s Scholars is a program of Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, an independent 501c3 charity funded by KFC, its employees, franchisees and KFC patrons, and seeks to help provide high school students scholarship resources to attend post-secondary schools within their states of residence. Colonel’s Scholars is a registered trademark of KFC Corporation.

About KFC

KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe(R), Extra Crispy(TM) and Colonel’s Crispy Strips(R) with home-style sides, Honey BBQ Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches. There are more than 14,000 KFC outlets in more than 80 countries and territories around the world, serving some 12 million customers each day. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM).

Colonel’s Scholars Class of 2008

Alabama

Kymberly King (Union Springs, Ala., Auburn University)

Alaska

Katelyn Sanders (Fairbanks, Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Arizona

Adriana Delgado (Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona State University)

Guadalupe Garcia (Wickenburg, Ariz., Northern Arizona University)

Taylor Hoffman (Lakeside, Ariz., Arizona State University)

Corey Lueker (Mesa, Ariz., University of Arizona)

Arkansas

Alicia Coppage (Little Rock, Ark., University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

California

Teruko Dobashi (Daly City, Calif., UC-Berkley)

Hien Ho (Westminster, Calif., California State University-Los Angeles)

Noor Saba (Bakersfield, Calif., California Polytechnic State University)

Christine Trinh (San Francisco, Calif., UC-Berkley)

Delaware

Sharline Derosier (Seaford, Del., University of Delaware)

Florida

Marie Fatil (Miami, Fla., University of Miami)

Henry Claude Francois (Coral Springs, Fla., University of Central Florida)

Jace Hester (Indialantic, Fla., University of Florida)

Shawn Lasker (Sunrise, Fla., University of Florida)

Brigitte Morales (Miami, Fla., University of Florida)

Phuong Nguyen (Sarasota, Fla., University of Florida)

Georgia

Ashley Cobb (Waverly Hall, Ga., University of Georgia)

Camille Fischer (Dacula, Ga., University of Georgia)

Andrea Glover (Macon, Ga., Georgia Southern University)

Jennifer Grant (Martinez, Ga., University of Georgia)

Idaho

Lindy Evans (Idaho Falls, Idaho, Idaho State University)

Javier Manzanares (Caldwell, Idaho, Idaho State University)

Illinois

Lindsay Chandler (Rockford, Ill., Illinois State University)

Mackenzi Fairley (Quincy, Ill., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville)

Andrea Hall (Chicago, Ill., Southern Illinois University Carbondale)

Syed Hasan (Plainfield, Ill., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign)

Vytaitas Kunickas (Villa Park , Ill., College of DuPage)

Indiana

Sherrilyn Carpenter (Richmond, Ind., Indiana University -Purdue)

Angela Record (Paoli, Ind., Purdue University)

Linda Senbanjo (Indianapolis, Ind., Indiana University at Bloomington)

Princeton Stewart (Hammond, Ind., Indiana University at Bloomington)

Kansas

Nathanael Ellis (Lucas, Kan., KSU-Salina, College of Tech. & Aviation)

Holly Miller (Hill City, Kan., Fort Hayes State University)

Kentucky

Carolyn Butts (Princeton, Ky., University of Kentucky)

Casey Coursey (Lewisburg, Ky., Hopkinsville Community College)

Kurtis Frizzell (Calhoun, Ky., University of Louisville)

Trang Nguyen (Louisville, Ky., University of Kentucky)

Louisiana

Ivan Greenlee (Slidell, La., Louisiana State)

Massachusetts

Megan Oliveira (Somerset, Mass., University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth)

Michigan

Abba Alawieh (Dearborn, Mich., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

Ashley Compton (Taylor, Mich., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

Kyle Kovacs (Twining, Mich., Central Michigan University)

Nora Rida (Oak Park, Mich., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

Minnesota

Nicole Borwege (Faribault, Minn., Bemidji State University)

Xiong Lor (Saint Paul, Minn., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)

Randi Staudinger (Byron, Minn., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)

Mississippi

Venisha Clark (Macon, Miss., University of Southern Mississippi)

Missouri

Michael Jones (Sikeston, Mo., Truman State University)

Lauren Lacey (Troy, Mo., University of Kansas)

Jason Twenter (Pilot Grove, Mo., University of Missouri-Columbia)

Montana

Alla Kirilovich (Missoula, Mont., University of Montana-Missoula College of Technology)

Travis Vincent (Bigfork, Mont., University of Montana-Missoula)

North Carolina

Nancy Jalal (Wilson, N.C., North Carolina State)

Amanda Priddy (Eden, N.C., North Carolina State University-Wilmington)

Juaquan Savage (Wilson, N.C., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

Tasharia Woods (Wilmington, N.C., University of North Carolina-Charlotte)

New Jersey

Asheem Lee (Plainfield, N.J., Kean University)

Pablo Salcedo (Vineland, N.J., Montclair State University)

New York

Sean Cussick (Saugerties, N.Y., SUNY Ulster)

Anreka Gordon (Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Dutchess Community College)

Tabassum Rahman (LIC, N.Y., CUNY- Brooklyn)

Arabia Sweet (Brooklyn, N.Y., Binghamton University)

Donald Tomlinson (Bronx, N.Y., SUNY at New Paltz)

Roger Wong (Commack, N.Y., Cornell University)

Nebraska

Shane Korte (Columbus, Neb., University of Nebraska)

Melanie Shafto (Amherst, Neb., Chadron State University)

Ohio

Danielle Bohrer (Hillsboro, Ohio, Southern State Community College)

Luke DeBruin (Greenfield, Ohio, Ohio State University)

Quanishia Gibson (Cleveland, Ohio, University of Toledo)

Sara Joy (Salem, Ohio, Youngstown State University)

Bianca Larkins (Cincinnati, Ohio, Ohio State University)

Jennifer McCune (Massillon, Ohio, Ohio State University)

Steven Peters (Circleville, Ohio, Hocking College)

Zachary Reaver (Millersport, Ohio, University of Toledo)

Joshua Roush (Canton, Ohio, Ohio State University)

James Tabler (Canton, Ohio, Stark State College of Technology)

Brandy Zapata (Chillicothe, Ohio, Wright State University)

Oklahoma

Nathanael Beattie (Edmond,, Okla., Southwestern Oklahoma State University)

Sara Marin (Oklahoma City, Okla., University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus)

Devin Newsom (Oklahoma City, Okla., University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus)

Oregon

Stephen Witbeck (Damascus, Ore., University of Oregon)

Pennsylvania

Blair Droskey (Coulters, Pa., University of Pittsburgh)

Abria Hairston (Monessen, Pa., Penn State-University Park)

Jessica Weaver (Cogan Station, Pa., Mansfield University of Pennsylvania)

South Carolina

Bianca Wade (Columbia, S.C., Coastal Carolina University)

Tennessee

Aleesha McCormick (McMinnville, Tenn., Middle Tennessee State University)

Kelley Weems (Greeneville, Tenn., East Tennessee State University)

Texas

Andrea Delgado (Edinburg, Texas, University of Texas – Pan American)

Darlene King (Austin, Texas, University of Texas at Austin)

Maryam Najam (Houston, Texas, University of Texas at Austin)

Chau Nguyen (Austin, Texas, University of Texas at Austin)

Yvette Perez (Lyford, Texas, University of Texas-Pan American)

Jasmine Vallejo (San Antonio, Texas, University of Texas-Austin)

Utah

Anna Guadarrama (Logan, Utah, Utah State University)

Robert Wright (Magna, Utah, Utah State University)

West Virginia

Analissa Cheuvront (Chester, W.Va., Marshall University)

Washington

Brittany Cook (Pateros, Wash., Washington State University)

Wisconsin

Andrew Medina (Kenosha, Wis., University of Wisconsin)

KFC Colonel’s Scholars(R) Awards 100 Talented High School Seniors a Leg Up on College Tuition