WinShape Foundation Scholarship

The WinShape Foundation is an American charitable endeavor of the fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A and its founder Truett Cathy and his family. WinShape also has a sister foundation that was started by Cathy's daughter Trudy and her husband John called Lifeshape. The foundation started in 1984 as a small college scholarship program housed on the former Berry Academy campus of Berry College. Within several years, a boys' summer camp, followed by a girls' summer camp, were added. The foundation has continued to expand in its over 20 years of existence. It now includes foster homes, a challenge/ropes course, corporate and marriage retreats, and sponsors mission trips both within the United States and internationally.

WinShape College Program

The WinShape scholarship currently provides $8,000 yearly – funded jointly by WinShape and Berry College. These funds replace the first $8,000 of any academic scholarships offered by the college and require a special application and interview process. The program originated with only several dozen students and offered a total of $10,000 over four years. Today, WinShape currently has over 100 college students enrolled per year, with over 800 alumni in just over 20 years.

The requirements of the scholarship program have varied in details over the years. Eligibility originally required current Chick-fil-A employment, high achievement and community involvement in high school, and a willingness to sign a contract including Christianity-based rules. Employment by Chick-fil-A is no longer a requirement, but the Christian-based nature of WinShape is perhaps stronger today than ever; the current contract specifies weekly meeting attendance, leadership discussion group participation, community service, and a fundamentalist Christian lifestyle, including abstaining from alcohol and drugs. Beginning in 2006, freshmen and transfer students were required to attend a week-long orientation camp known as FreshThing.

Mission Statement

WinShape College Program exists to cultivate college students who develop disciples, create community and launch leaders to impact every generation.

Program in Detail

The training and programming that students participate in throughout their four years in the program seeks to give the students six key experiences. These are living out of our identity in Christ, establishing a network of supporting relationships, making decisions and contributing based on communal thinking, experiencing a meaningful leadership opportunity, leading from gifts, passions and a love for Jesus, and developing a Biblical worldview.

To accomplish this, the Freshmen class comes for a week prior to their first year for a week of introduction to the community and to a biblical worldview. The first year of training focuses on God's Story, their identity in Christ, and biblical community.

During the summer between the Freshman and Sophomore year, the students participate in an event called StrengthsTrek, which helps students to understand their strengths and how to utilize and develop them. The second year of training focuses on self-discovery, including strengths, personality, spiritual gifts, passions, and other elements. This process culminates in a trip between semesters called the Dream Casting Trip, during which students have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of significant people in history. In this context they that acquire tools that will help them to develop a first draft of a focused life purpose statement.

During the second semester the students are assisted in processing through their newly crafted purpose statements and identifying next steps in making it a reality. At the end of the semester, rising Juniors and Seniors form into teams of students with similar life passions. During a trip over Labor Day weekend called the CIT Initiative, these teams establish focused purposes for creating positive change in the Rome, Berry, or WinShape community and spend the school year accomplishing their purpose.

WinShape Residential Camps

Cathy had taken his boys Dan and Bubba and his daughter Trudy to a summer camp called Ridgecrest in North Carolina when they were children. After the start of the college program in 1984, he wanted the campus to be used during the summer months. With the help of Rick Johnson who had worked for years at Camp Ridgecrest, they started a summer camp for boys in 1985 and a summer camp for girls in the Ford buildings on the main campus in the summer of 1987. The camp was structured similarly to the Ridgecrest camp--a sports camp with a Christian emphasis. With the use of a native American "Indian" theme, the age groups were divided into different "tribes". Another aspect of the program included "indian ranks" that campers could achieve based on good behavior and virtues, the apex of which allowed a camper to take a test to achieve the rank of "Little Chief" for boys or "Black Comanche" for the girls.

Typically a summer at WinShape Camp for Boys or Girls consists of four 2-week sessions--campers typically stay for a two week session, although younger campers (2-3 grades) may stay for a one week session. Both camps also offer an adventure program for older campers. This program includes excursions to go backpacking, whitewater rafting, caving, rock climbing, and multiple nights camping.

The newest forms of camp for WinShape Camps include the introduction of a family camp in the autumn of 2006, and a traveling camp known as C3 (Camps Connecting Communities) that launched officially in the summer of 2008.

Boys Camp Tribes

* Mohawk (2-3 grades, one week only)
* Apache (2-4 grades)
* Shawnee (5-6 grades)
* Choctaw (7-8 grades)
* Navajo (9-12 grades)
* Sioux (10-12 grades, adventure program)

Girls Camp Tribes

* Calusa (2-3 grades, one week only)
* Chippewa (2-4 grades)
* Chickasaw (5-6 grades)
* Cheyenne (7-8 grades)
* Cherokee (9-10 grades)
* Catawba (11-12 grades)
* Creek (12 grade and returning campers only , adventure program)

WinShape Camps C3

WinShape Camps C3 (Camps Connecting Communities) is a one week day camp that was started by WinShape Camps in 2008. In the inaugural year, WinShape Camps had three C3 Teams that traveled to 9 communities around the country, going to a total of 27 cities. In 2009, WinShape Camps C3 went to 36 Communities with four C3 teams. In 2010, WinShape Camps C3 traveled to 45 different communities across the country, reaching over 9,000 campers. This number was more than the combined totals from Boys and Girls Camp from the past three years.

A C3 team consists of 22-23 staffers that travel in two 12-15 passenger vans with all of the equipment packed in a rented 24ft. Penske truck. Each team has six leadership positions, with the overall leader having the title of "Director." Other leadership positions fall under him include: Assistant Director, Production Director, Rec Director, Camp Pastor, and Volunteer Director. The remaining staffers with the exception of a videographer are teamtime leaders. One of the teamtime leaders is also the worship leader.

WinShape Camps C3 combines track times such as Fastfood, Drama, Flag Football, Soccer, Painting, Crafts, etc., High energy worship servies, small group bible studies, and intensive recreation to provide a day camp experience in a community.


Campers are divided into different villages that represent the different age groups. Within each village, campers are assigned to an animal representing their small group:

Ocean (1-2 grades): Dolphin, Jellyfish, Lobster, Penguin, Seagull, Seahorse, Swordfish, and Tigershark.

Safari (3-4 grades): Elephant, Lion, Parrot, Rhino, Warthog, and Zebra.

Alpine (5-6 grades): Bears, Eagles, Moose, Rams, and Trout

WinShape Camps International Projects

After 25 years of doing camp in the United States, in 2009 WinShape Camps decided to start to do Camp in Brasilia, Brazil. In 2010, WinShape Camps went back to Brazil to do week-long day camps around the capital city. WinShape Camps takes its summer staff who have served with WinShape Camps in the past and are coming to serve again to partner with local churches in the Brasilia area to conduct an incredible day-camp experience. You can find out more information and see the day-to-day events at

WinShape Homes

S. Truett Cathy, began a foster home in 1987 near the WinShape Centre on Berry College's campus. This home was designed for up to seventeen children and had full-time parents to take care of them. Out of this effort, several other foster homes have been birthed so that as of December 2007 there were 11 WinShape foster homes in the United States--eight in Georgia, one in Alabama, and two in Tennessee--as well as one in Brazil.

WinShape Retreat and Marriage Retreat

Atop a hill behind the WinShape Center on Berry College's Mountain campus lay a Dairy farm that Martha Berry had built to resemble Normandy architecture. The WinShape Center acquired this dairy when Berry College was seeking to shut it down. After remodeling and adding two additional buildings to the complex (which ironically were part of the master plan from 75 years earlier, but had never been built), the whole complex was converted into a four-star retreat center for people seeking respite and a break from the care of the world. The center now accommodates over 8000 guests every year.

Truett Cathy's middle son, Don "Bubba" Cathy, and his wife Cindy, also head up efforts to minister to couples in strengthening their marriages. The retreat center offers several special events for couples--ranging from couples who have healthy marriages to couples who are actively considering divorce. The program seeks to promote healthy marriages and families.

WinShape Wilderness

Started in 1991 under the leadership of a WinShape College program student, Tammy Preston, WinShape Wilderness seeks to glorify God by creating adventure experiences that encourage spiritual transformation. By using field games and low and high-ropes elements, the WinShape Wilderness staff coordinates safe, yet challenging team-building experiences to help teams work through problems and experience a new level of community.

WinShape International

WinShape International is an organization that seeks to mobilize Chick-fil-A operators and other leaders in the Chick-fil-A community to build young people in other cultures around the world and equip them to become leaders. WinShape International uses Chick-fil-A's SERVE model of leadership as a platform to help train young people to become servant-focused leaders.


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