Entrepreneurial spirit fuels this scholarship winner’s drive toward reaching her dreams
The entrepreneurial spirit was evident in Kaitlin VanRoosendaal from an early age.
She was only 10-years-old when she partnered with a friend to open the “Pink Flamingo Shaved Ice Stand,” offering refreshments for neighbors looking to cool off during the warm Colorado summer. That experience helped VanRoosendaal realize that engaging with customers and providing thoughtful service was something she wanted to do for a living.
But she had to refocus during her junior year in college when she became a parent. At the time, she was making only $10 an hour at a part-time job and was working her hardest to pass an accounting class. All the money she was making was going toward her education and living costs, and every bit of extra time was spent taking care of her son. Even so, she passed the accounting class and then finished college with a 4.0 GPA after taking a year off to raise her son.
Today, VanRoosendaal is a marketing manager at the Fort Union Chick-fil-A in Midvale, Utah, and she plans to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams by becoming a Chick-fil-A franchise Operator. To prepare, she’s earning a graduate degree at Colorado State University in human resources.
It’s a dream that Gene Parsons, franchise Operator of the Fort Union Chick-fil-A, can see coming true.
“Kaitlin is a strong influencer of people, and she has moved and elevated the bar at our restaurant,” Parsons said. “I admire her tenacity and strength to keep pushing toward her goals in life and with Chick-fil-A.”
Parsons surprised VanRoosendaal with the news that she had been selected as one of 13 Chick-fil-A Team Members to receive a $25,000 True Inspiration Scholarship for her outstanding leadership, academic achievement and community involvement.
Watch the video to see how VanRoosendaal reacted to receiving the news!
The True Inspiration Scholarship is part of Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures initiative. Last year, more than 5,700 Team Members received $14.65 million in scholarships. Since 1973, nearly 46,700 Team Members have been awarded $61 million in scholarships.