KFC Awards $1.5 Million in College Scholarship Money to High School Seniors...

KFC Awards $1.5 Million in College Scholarship Money to High School Seniors Who Are Hungry to Learn

Seventy-Five High School Seniors Chosen from More Than 150,000 Applicants To Win Scholarships from KFC's 2009 Colonel's Scholars Program


LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 20 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The fourth class of KFC Colonel’s Scholars(R), 75 talented and ambitious incoming college freshmen, will attend colleges and universities across the country this fall, thanks to scholarships provided by the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation.

More than 150,000 graduating high school seniors who excelled in and out of the classroom applied for the scholarships this year. The KFC Colonel’s Scholars program awarded 75 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.

The members of this year’s class of KFC Colonel’s Scholars have demonstrated a wide range of talents and represent a diverse group of backgrounds. One Scholar maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while working as a co-owner of a dairy farm. Another Scholar launched a nonprofit organization, which provides services for homeless mothers in Orlando who were victims of domestic violence. This organization has helped many families find housing and taught them how to be self-sufficient.

“These students have proven that they are completely committed to both their education and enriching and supporting their schools and communities,” said Roger Eaton, president of KFC. “Because of this commitment, we are dedicating ourselves to helping them pursue their dreams and realize their goal of a college education.”

“As a KFC Franchisee and a donor assisted scholarship sponsor, I am honored to help carry on Colonel Sanders’ commitment to education by supporting the fourth class of KFC Colonel’s Scholars,” stated Darlene Pfeiffer.

KFC Colonel’s Scholars, now in its fourth year, is an annual program of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, an independent charity supported by KFC, its employees and franchisees, and KFC patrons. The KFC Colonel’s Scholars’ mission is to empower students to improve their lives with scholarship resources. The program has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships since its inception.

For more information on KFC Colonel’s Scholars and the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, visit www.KFC.com or 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 public 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), Kentucky Grilled Chicken(TM) and Original Recipe Strips with home-style sides, Honey BBQ Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches. There are more than 15,000 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 2009


Kayla Harris (Wetumpka, Ala.)

Mashika Tempero (Vredenburgh, Ala.)


Vence Johnson (Pine Bluff, Ark.)

Amanda Mckibben (Oiltrough, Ark.)


Terry Allen (Vallejo, Calif.)

Geobio Boo (Simi Valley, Calif.)

Fallon Griffin (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Ashley Hebert (Oakland, Calif.)

Rothpanhar Ross (Stockton, Calif.)

Casandra Vann (Los Angeles, Calif.)


Shoaib Baqi (Smyrna, Del.)


Shardy Camargo (Orlando, Fla.)

Tomilee Dowden (Carrabelle, Fla.)

Amirica Nicholson (Avon Park, Fla.)


Bianca Ficklin (Warrenton, Ga.)

Scott Rowland (Cleveland, Ga.)

Ashley Hutchinson (Atlanta, Ga.)


Kelsey Bernstein (Idaho Falls, Idaho)


Lace Bailey (Chicago, Ill.)

Ashley Kloth (Ellis Grove, Ill.)


Cameron Brown (Gary, Ind.)

Kylee Proctor (North Judson, Ind.)

Brandon Lopez (Munster, Ind.)

Jonathan Sobilo (Munster, Ind.)


Stephanie Venenga (Dike, Iowa)


Ashley Arenholz (Olathe, Kan.)

Lauren Johnson (Waverly, Kan.)

Heather Reynolds (LaCygne, Kan.)


Jessika Turner (Paris, Ky.)


Jerome Spann (Baton Rouge, La.)


Kate O’Connor (Plymouth, Mich.)

Sade Turner (Detroit, Mich.)

Jessica Orr (Atlanta, Mich.)


Adam Jensen (Faribault, Minn.)

Valerie Speedling (Kellogg, Minn.)

Neil Turner (Ashby, Minn.)

Blai Vue (St. Paul, Minn.)


Elaine Gibson (Sikeston, Mo.)

Melanie Gilmore (Brentwood, Mo.)


Hannah Johnson (Victor, Mont.)


Michelle Pineda (Humboldt, Neb.)

Jessica Arias (Lincoln, Neb.)


Courtney Sharp (Fernley, Nev.)

New Jersey

Victor Espinoza (Union City, N.J.)

Sarah Lee (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.)

New York

Corinne McGuirk (Douglaston, N.Y.)

Benjamin Hall (Kingston, N.Y.)

North Carolina

Sarah Gambrel (Red Sprigs, N.C.)


Madalynn Priskorn (Hillsboro, Ohio)

Shari’ Thomas (Steubenville, Ohio)

Heather Brewer (Hillsboro, Ohio)


Leslie Barcenas (Muldrow, Okla.)

Brittney Wilson (Claremore, Okla.)


Megan Taylor (Hebo, Ore.)

Alyssa Warren (Merlin, Ore.)


Victoria Ammermann (Beach Lake, Pa.)

Trent Gray (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Rachel Solomon (Atglen, Pa.)

Rhode Island

Kimberly Leonard (West Warwick, R.I.)

South Carolina

Megan Garland (North Augusta, S.C.)

Michelle Robles (Fort Mill, S.C.)


Merita Pierce (Winfield, Tenn.)


Hannah Daniel (Kountze, Texas)

Owais Durrani (Houston, Texas)

Michelle Quinones (El Paso, Texas)

Rigoberto Soto (Houston, Texas)

Uriel Uranga (Presidio, Texas)


Elisabeth Jessop (Ogden, Utah)


TeAirra Brown (Portsmouth, Va.)

Melanie Rogers (Alexandria, Va.)


Tiya Tuffa (Seattle, Wash.)

Washington, D.C.

Ashley Pierce (Washington, D.C.)


Bradley Beaumier (Lena, Wisc.)

Dawn Henn (Milwaukee, Wisc.)

Michael Muir (Kenosha, Wisc.)

SOURCE KFC Corporation

KFC Awards $1.5 Million in College Scholarship Money to High School Seniors Who Are Hungry to Learn