Chick-fil-A CEO Andrew Cathy (left) awards Team Member Ryan Fist with a $25,000 scholarship for education expenses during a surprise at the Algonquin Chick-fil-A last week. | Provided Photo

The CEO of Chick-fil-A surprised an employee at the company’s Algonquin restaurant with a $25,000 scholarship to help him pursue his dream career in medicine.

Chick-fil-A CEO Andrew Cathy delivered the scholarship to Team Member Ryan Fist last week.

The surprise happened on Wednesday at the Chick-fil-A located at 425 Randall Road in Algonquin.

The $25,000 scholarship will be used toward Fist’s continued education at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Fist is pursuing his dream of medicine and he says the scholarship will help him further his education.

He hopes to become a physician’s assistant specializing in pediatrics.

Fist, inspired by his mother’s work ethic and perseverance, says he was taught to work tirelessly for his dreams.

He balances his job and studies and helps his family financially while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

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Fist is receiving one of 14 True Inspiration Scholarships awarded across North America by the company.

Chick-fil-A says they will award more than $26 million in scholarships to more than 14,000 team members across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.