Quest senior receives $25,000 Chick-fil-A scholarship


Quest Early College High School senior, Amy Gutierrez, has been recognized for her academics, community service and awarded a $25,000 college scholarship by Chick-fil-A.


Gutierrez received one of only twelve Chick-fil-A True Inspiration scholarships and one of 6,000 employee scholarships awarded this year. True Inspiration scholarships are awarded to Chick-fil-A employees who demonstrate leadership and service in both school and their community.


To kick off the annual Chick-fil-A scholarship announcements, Chick-fil-A surprised 12 of their employees on stage at the company’s annual conference. Gutierrez, who has only worked for the company for six months, was surprised to be invited to Anaheim, California for the big conference. Soon after joining the Chick-fil-A team, Gutierrez became a team lead at her location.

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Pictured above: Amy Gutierrez and eleven Chick-fil-A employees were recognized as 2019 True Inspiration Scholarship recipients. 

During the conference, the twelve unexpecting employees were invited on stage by Chick-fil-A Chairman and CEO Dan Cathy to participate in what they believed to be a team member panel. Little did they know that they traveled all the way to California to receive a $25,000 scholarship.  


“At Deerbrook Mall, we love seeing young women and men come through our doors and get their first opportunity to learn about business and life through the Chick-fil-A standards,” Austin Milke, Deerbrook Mall - Chick-fil-A Operator, said. “When we are lucky enough to find a gem such as Amy, we make sure that we are giving them the opportunity to experience all aspects of business to maximize their potential future growth.”

Gutierrez is in the Top Ten of her class and during her time at Quest she has dedicated several hours a week to community service and has served in different leadership roles in both National Honor Society and the Environmental Club. She is also an active member of the Math, Science and Social Studies honor society clubs, Interact Rotary Club and the Hispanic Student Society.


“I was shocked when it was revealed that I was chosen for the scholarship,” Gutierrez said. “This is what I was praying for. I tried to keep it together and hold back tears but when my mom hugged me I started bawling. The whole experience has been a blessing.”


Gutierrez wishes to attend university to study mechanical engineering and human rights. Mixing her passion for math, science and civil rights, she hopes to one day start her own philanthropic foundation to help others.


“The opportunity scholarships give students in need is so important,” Gutierrez said. “Without scholarships and grants, I would not have the funds needed to attend college. This affords students like me the opportunity to further our education and allows us to follow our aspirations.”


Gutierrez will join other scholarship winners for a year-long virtual leadership program through Chick-fil-A Corporate.  She will have the opportunity to travel to Atlanta to see how Chick-fil-A Corporate operates and will have a chance to meet other industry leaders during her fellowship. In the past, Chick-fil-A has partnered with leaders such as Harvard or Stanford for leadership studies. Chick-fil-A Insider News