Empowering Education with Subway Scholarship Program

The Subway Scholarship Program helps Subway restaurant employees pay for their college, university, or vocational-technical school education.

Scholarship America manages the program, and it’s funded by The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation.

Subway Scholarship
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Subway Scholarship

At first, the program only served Subway employees in the United States. But it was later extended to Canada in 2011 and Australia in 2017.

Since the program started, it has granted scholarships to more than 10,000 Subway employees.

These scholarships have allowed employees to pursue various degrees and certificates, such as business, nursing, teaching, and engineering.

How is the Subway Scholarship funded?

The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation funds the Subway Fresh Start Scholarship Program. This foundation is private and backs educational and charitable efforts.

Scholarship America manages the program.

It’s a nonprofit organization that aids students in reaching their educational objectives by providing scholarships, financial aid guidance, and additional support services.


The Subway Fresh Start Scholarship Program provides scholarships that can be as much as $2,500 per year. The number of scholarships given and the specific amount may vary from year to year.

  • Work at a Subway restaurant in the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, or Australia for at least six (6) continuous months.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Be either a graduating high school senior or an undergraduate student.
  • Pursue a professional certification, associate, or bachelor’s degree in your employment country.
  • Be a full- or part-time student.
  • Engage in extracurricular activities, community service, and work.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Deal with unusual personal or family challenges (overcome adversity).

How do you apply for Subway Scholarship?

  1. Submit an online application on the Scholarship America website. This application requires a transcript, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.
  2. The application usually ends in March or April.

The online application has these sections:

  1. Personal information
  2. Academic details
  3. Work history
  4. Involvement in extracurricular activities and community service
  5. Leadership involvement
  6. A personal statement.

Tips for writing a strong personal statement

  • Be honest and authentic. The selection committee wants to know the real you.
  • Be specific. Don’t just say you want a good education. Explain what you want to study.
  • Be clear about your goals. What do you want to achieve with your education and career?
  • Keep it concise. Your personal statement should be one page long.
  • Proofread carefully. Ensure your statement is error-free in terms of grammar and spelling.


The Subway Scholarship Program, which began in 2006, has achieved several successes:

  1. It has helped more than 10,000 Subway employees in pursuing higher education.
  2. The program has granted over $4.3 million in scholarships to Subway employees.
  3. It has enabled Subway employees to attain diverse degrees and certifications, such as business, nursing, teaching, and engineering.
  4. The program has played a crucial role in helping Subway employees reach their educational and career objectives.