Today, a photo is worth more than a thousand words – it’s worth a
college education. Kentucky Fried Chicken has announced that Daniel
Galuppo from Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, Calif. won a $20,000
KFC Colonel’s Scholars® scholarship based on a single photo shared on
Kentucky Fried Chicken has announced that Daniel Galuppo from Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, Calif. won a $20,000 KFC Colonel's Scholars(R) scholarship based on a single photo shared on Twitter. He schooled the Twitterverse with an image from a recent volunteer trip to Vietnam, where he photographed orphans to give the children pictures of themselves as keepsakes. (Photo: Business Wire)
KFC selected Daniel Galuppo from high school seniors across the country
who applied by tweeting a single image and including the hashtag
#KFCScholar. He schooled the Twitterverse with an image from a recent
volunteer trip to Vietnam, where he photographed orphans. Galuppo,
originally from Lithuania, has no photos of himself before his adoption
and move to the United States. He has made it his mission to visit
orphanages so he can give the children pictures of themselves as
Photo entries were judged on quality, creativity, compelling nature and
consistency with Colonel Harland Sanders’ commitment to service.
"We were impressed by the creativity and passion for higher education
that came across in these images. It was tough to pick a winner,” said
John Cywinski, President of KFC. "Daniel’s photo highlighting why he
embodies the qualities of a Colonel’s Scholar put him at the head of the
class. We’re proud to help further his college education.”
Galuppo will receive up to $5,000 per year for the next four years to
pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public university within
California. He hopes to attend UCLA in 2012 to pursue film production.
"Being behind the camera is my passion, and now a photo has earned me
the chance at a college education,” says Galuppo. "I can’t tell you how
I excited I am to pursue my dreams as a Colonel’s Scholar on campus this
Last year’s winner, Amanda Russell, won KFC’s inaugural Twitter
scholarship with a single 140-character tweet: "#KFCScholar Hey Colonel!
Your scholarship's the secret ingredient missing from my recipe for
success! Got the grades, drive, just need cash!” Russell also attends
UCLA and continues to play an active role in the Colonel’s Scholars
program, even providing tips to this year’s entrants via the
74 More Scholarships up for Grabs: Apply Now
Shutterbugs aren’t the only ones who can snap up a scholarship.
Applications for 2012 are being accepted through Feb. 8. Seventy-four
additional scholarships will be awarded for next year. Visit www.KFC.com
for more information.
KFC Colonel’s Scholars, now in its sixth 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
To be eligible to compete for the KFC Colonel's Scholars Scholarship, an
Graduate from high school this academic year (8/31/12)
Earn a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.75
Plan to pursue a bachelor's degree at a public, in-state college or
university (start no later than 9/30/12)
Be a US citizen or permanent resident
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.
KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world’s most popular
chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra
Crispy™, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Crispy Strips with home-style
sides, Hot Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches including the
Double Down® and the Doublicious®. There are more than 15,000 KFC
outlets in 109 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). For more information, visit www.kfc.com.
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and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kfc_colonel).
About Colonel Sanders
The Kentucky Fried Chicken concept was pioneered by Colonel Harland
Sanders (1890-1980), whose cooking career began at age six. Sanders held
jobs ranging from streetcar conductor to insurance salesman, but his
cooking skills were a constant throughout his life. In 1930, Sanders
operated a service station in Corbin, Ky., and filled the stomachs of
hungry travelers who stopped in to fill up their gas tanks. Sanders soon
moved his restaurant across the street when he could no longer keep up
with the demand from travelers who he had been feeding at his kitchen
table. In 1935, the Kentucky Governor made Sanders an honorary Kentucky
Colonel for his contributions to the state’s cuisine. Over the next
decade, the Colonel perfected his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices
and the basic cooking technique still used at KFC today. When Sanders
was 65, a new interstate highway forced the closure of his restaurant
and he was left with only his recipe for fried chicken and a $105 Social
Security check. The Colonel hit the road and struck handshake deals with
restaurant owners who agreed to sell his fried chicken. What began as a
dream fueled by the Original Recipe, a no-quit attitude and a Social
Security check grew into the world’s largest chicken restaurant chain.
Until he passed away in 1980 at the age of 90, the Colonel still
traveled 250,000 miles a year visiting KFC restaurants around the world.
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