August: Education in the Service Sector

Education in the Service Sector

This August, the Path Forward Coalition is highlighting education programs provided by the service sector that enable employees to support their growth and development.

Many restaurant and retail businesses offer a number of educational benefits, including:

  • Tuition assistance
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Vocational training
  • Undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Partnerships with educational institutions

In addition, the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation provide a number of educational opportunities for students and employees in the service industry:

Below is a list of examples of restaurant and retail businesses that offer various types of education benefits. These examples represent just a few of the many and varied programs available to help employees advance their education. Follow the links to learn more about these benefits.

Best Buy: Partners with select universities to offer tuition discounts, special scholarship opportunities and reduced fees to employees and immediate family members

Burger King: Awards millions of dollars in scholarships each year through the Foundation’s Burger King Scholars program and the BK Family Fund

Chick-fil-A: Provides $1.6 million annually to help employees attend the college of their choice

Dick’s Drive-In: Administers up to $25,000 in college or vocational scholarships to employees who work 20 hours per week for at least six weeks and while attending school

Gap Inc.: Assists employees with tuition costs via its Tuition Reimbursement Program

The Home Depot: Covers 50% of tuition, books and reasonable class registration fees for approved course(s), and 50% of mandatory fees up to $250 per semester/quarter

KFC: Provides tuition assistance via grants of $2,000 and $2,500 through the REACH Educational Grant Program

Lowe’s: Offers in-depth continued education through its Certified Professional Education (CPE) program, scholarships and tuition reimbursement

McDonald’s: Helps employees further their education, create an education plan, or improve their English skills through Archways to Opportunity

Taco Bell: Provides education programs to help employees earn a high school diploma, GED®, Associate’s, Bachelor’s or graduate degree, and extends $120,000 in scholarships annually

Walmart: Grants college credit transferable to 2,000+ universities through the Walmart College Track program, and awards Walmart Foundation scholarships to associates and dependents

Wawa: Helps reduce education costs with a Loan Forgiveness initiative and partners with select schools offering additional education benefits via its Educational Preferred Partnership Program