September 04, 2013 // Franchising.com // Lexington, Ky. – Fazoli’s, the premium Italian quick service restaurant ranked #2 overall among large national fast food chains in the prestigious Zagat Survey, recently sent 26 college students to school with $1,000 grants in its third annual "Pursuit of Excellence" scholarship program.
Recipients are attending 22 colleges or universities in eight states. They are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Click here for a list of winners and their hometowns.
The merit-based award winners include associates, children and spouses of associates. Judging criteria included individual achievement in areas reflected by the acronym LEAD: Leadership, Extracurricular activities, Academic achievement and Distinguished recommendations.
"American families are challenged by the high cost of advanced education," said Carl Howard, president and CEO. "These scholarships represent Fazoli's commitment to excellence inside and outside our restaurants. They help to provide opportunities to our country’s next generation of leaders."
The program name is based on one of Fazoli's corporate values: The pursuit of excellence is never-ending.
An American family favorite for more than 20 years, Fazoli’s features a premium menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees, Submarinos sandwiches and salads, a new service style featuring table service and a contemporary new restaurant design. Already America’s largest Italian quick-service chain with approximately 220 company and franchised restaurants, Fazoli’s is expanding throughout the country. Founded in Lexington, Ky. in 1988, Fazoli’s was acquired by Sun Capital Partners in 2006.
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With approximately 220 restaurants, Fazoli's is America's largest Italian fast-casual chain, serving freshly prepared entrees, Submarinos® sandwiches, salads and pizza.