A woman working at the Chick-fil-A outlet in North Carolina has received an unexpected gift from her employers as the fast-food chain surprised her with a $25,000 check to use for her college education.
Jacqueline Murphy, who serves as the restaurant's seasonal manager, was stationed at the drive-thru that Thursday when one of the executives popped in to give her a giant check. Murphy did not know that her friends and family were in on the surprise, and they were actually watching everything unfold nearby.
The aspiring pharmacy student is one of Chick-fil-A's 13 new recipients of the annual Remarkable Futures scholarship. The company plans to spend at least $14.5 million in scholarships nationwide this year.
"I'm blessed by God, my family," Murphy told the press after receiving the check. "From the prayers and support from my people. It's just insane. I love it," she added.
Murphy will use the money to enroll at the Wingate University School of Pharmacy this coming fall season.
The student joined Chick-fil-A so that she could overcome her shyness, and she became one of the hardest working employees of the company. According to reports, Murphy impressed her employers because she went beyond her expected duties. During days off, Murphy would actually come to work to shadow her co-workers and learn more about serving their customers.
The Christian company Chick-fil-A established the Remarkable Futures scholarship program since 1973. To date, almost 46,700 students working for the company have benefitted from the program.
Chick-fil-A also follows a faith-based philosophy for their business. Aside from building an empire, the company sees to it that it involves its employees in the service for others.
In December, the fast food chain helped officials from Atlanta during an unexpected citywide power interruption. The company, which closes its stores every Sundays so its employees could attend church, broke such protocol to provide food for stranded passengers at the airport. Chick-fil-A also dispersed volunteers in Orlando to feed the public after the Pulse nightclub shooting.