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Tijuana Flats

August 02, 2017 10:04 ET

Tijuana Flats Reveals Recipients of Second Employee Scholarship Awards of 2017

Tex-Mex chain gives back to student employees making a difference in their communities in Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - August 02, 2017) - Tijuana Flats, the fast-casual Tex-Mex dining experience, has selected five outstanding student employees in Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia to receive a total of $7,500 in scholarships toward their tuitions for the Fall 2017 semester.

The scholarship reward program is part of the organization's Just In Queso Foundation -- a company-wide initiative that aids people and organizations in local communities in their time of need and in unexpected times of tragedy. The Tijuana Flats Just In Queso Foundation awards scholarships twice a year to student employees who best exhibited Tijuana Flats' core values, with an emphasis on community.

The following employees received scholarships:

  • Eddie Brim Jr., Orlando, Fla., attending Capella University
  • Broc Fischer, Orlando, Fla., attending University of South Florida
  • Theresa Piazza, Raleigh, N.C., attending Wake Tech.
  • Gianna Mesiello, Fort Myers, Fla., attending Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Briona Hickson, Pooler, GA, attending Georgia Southern University

The five selected students have volunteered with Just In Queso in the last year, are currently enrolled in college, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.

In addition to receiving a scholarship, each recipient will be recognized on Tijuana Flats' social media outlets, receive a private check presentation with regional vice presidents, area supervisors, and general managers, and will be given school supplies to ensure their continued academic success.

"Our Just In Queso Foundation was established as a way to give back to the community, and that includes our own employees," said Larry Ryback, CEO at Tijuana Flats. "We are excited to be able to recognize these students, who are working hard toward their educational goals and still find time to lend a hand both inside and outside of the workplace."

Earlier in the year, Tijuana Flats distributed $7,500 in scholarships to an additional five student employees for the Spring 2017 semester.

The employee scholarship program began in 2002. To date, the Tijuana Flats Just In Queso Foundation has provided over $42,000 in scholarships to assist employees in continuing their educations.

To learn more about Tijuana Flats' Just In Queso Foundation, visit

About Tijuana Flats
Established in 1995 in Winter Park, Florida, Tijuana Flats is a unique, fast-casual Tex-Mex dining experience featuring superior guest service and fresh, made-to-order food. Tijuana Flats has 125 locations in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The brand has been named to Fast Casual Magazine's 2015 & 2016 Top 100 Movers & Shakers list. For more information on Tijuana Flats, please visit

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