An employee of fast food chain Chick-fil-A was moved to tears after being presented with a surprise check for $25,000 by the restaurant’s senior management to cover her college tuition.
Jacqueline Murphy, who works as a seasonal manager at the Chick-fil-A restaurant in North Carolina, was presented with the check as part of the company’s scholarship program called “Remarkable Futures.”
Through the charitable program, some thirteen staff are gifted $25,000 each, while another 5,700 will be awarded $2,500. For Murphy, the financial gift is an absolute life-changer. She will now enroll in the Wingate University School of Pharmacy come this fall.
“You can say I’m blessed,” Murphy told WLTX-TV. “I’m blessed by God, my family. From the prayers and support from my people. It’s just insane. I love it.”
According to WSOC-TV, Murphy took the job to overcome her shyness.
The surprise was sprung on the hard-working employee in the most extraordinary way. While working the drive-thru, a motorist handed Murphy a package shaped like a Chick-fil-A sauce packet. Inside the packet, however, was a tablet containing a video from the CEO of the company, announcing that she was one of the 13 team members who received the Remarkable Futures Scholarship.
According to the Chick-Fil-A website, the company has helped “nearly 46,700 Team Members achieve their remarkable futures through a total investment of $60.5 million in scholarships.”
Chick-fil-A has become well-known for its faith-based business model and its desire to demonstrate the kindness of God by going above and beyond to serve members of the public. In December of last year, Chick-fil-A came to the rescue of thousands of travelers who were stranded in Atlanta, Georgia, when the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport lost power.
As Faithwire previously reported, Chick-fil-A teamed up with the City of Atlanta to provide food for travelers who were stuck in a pretty difficult nightmare, with the company violating its own policy of being closed on Sundays in an effort to do a good deed for those in need.
“It has been a very difficult day for thousands of travelers, and while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need,” the restaurant said in a statement at the time. “We do not make a profit, but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship.”