Serving up success: Craig’s Lizbeth Magallanes gains education grant from Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation |

Serving up success: Craig’s Lizbeth Magallanes gains education grant from Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation

Lizbeth Magallanes, with a balloon, stands with the crew at KFC's Craig location.
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CRAIG — The company known for finger-lickin’ good chicken served up a surprise to a Craig shift supervisor just before Christmas.

Lizbeth Magallanes, of Craig, was awarded a $2,000 REACH Educational Grant through the KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) Foundation. She will use the money to help purchase textbooks and pay fees as she begins her second semester at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

“The grant offers me a new opportunity to reach my goals,” she said.

Lizbeth Magallanes is a shift manager at KFC in Craig. She is pictured with gifts she received as part of a REACH grant award.

To win the award, Magallanes had to apply, pass a screening process, then submit a video essay. News of her award was shared on social media by franchise owners, Stewart Restaurant Group.

“Congrats to Lizbeth. We are so happy and excited for you. We wish you all the best in your future!” the post read.

Magallanes has worked at the local KFC/Taco Bell for about two years and is currently a shift supervisor.

“I hired her while she was still in high school,” said Manager Jennifer Jantzen. “She came in with a friendly spirit and is a hard worker. Throughout her service, she has tried to learn more and take on more responsibilities, and I encourage that, so that she can grow.”

After graduating from Moffat County High School in May 2018, Magallanes continued her work at KFC and, in the fall, began her first year at CNCC, where she is completing the prerequisites to enter the nursing program.

REACH grants are one of four programs offered by the KFC Foundation to benefit employees, said foundation Managing Director Krista Snider.

While other programs provide assistance with personal finance and work programs, REACH helps employees at participating KFC restaurants in the United State pursue their dreams of going to college.

Employees of any age, in any position, or pursuing any degree can receive money to help them attend the accredited four-year or two-year college of their choice. The money can also be used at trade and vocational schools and for graduate study.

Employees who win REACH grants exhibit “attention to detail and persistence,” Snider said.

Will Stewart coaches employees to take advantage of opportunities offered by the company.

“She is exceptional at what she does. She has a great positive attitude and a great work ethic. She is outgoing and friendly,” he said of Magallanes,

A grant from the KFC foundation means Magallanes can continue to pursue her goals, she said.

“Thank you, KFC franchise and foundation,” she said.

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