Whitworth graduated from Spalding High School in 2008 and will begin her third semester at Gordon College this fall. She is studying early childhood education in preparation to become an elementary school teacher.
“I’m just glad that it helps me with my school and it will pay for a semester of tuition,” she said.
Stark Wilbor, the operator of the restaurant, described the qualifications for the scholarship.
“Basically, a student has to work two years and a minimum of 2,000 hours,” he said. “They have to be a good worker and a good student and have to be recommended by me.”
He said Whitworth met all the requirements that Chick-fil-A looks for in a scholarship winner.
Wilbor said she received the 100th scholarship awarded from his restaurant. The first scholarship was awarded in 1989, two years after the restaurant opened in 1987.
He said Whitworth is unique because four of her siblings have worked at the Dwarf House or work there now. She is the first of them to earn the scholarship.