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She was named after Col. Sanders. Now, KFC will help this baby pay for college

Harland Rose was born Sept. 9 and named after Col. Harland Sanders.
Harland Rose was born Sept. 9 and named after Col. Harland Sanders. KFC

Harland Rose is still just a baby, but she already has a pretty sizable college fund thanks to her namesake and KFC.

KFC announced in August it was offering $11,000 in college tuition to the first baby named Harland born on Sept. 9, in honor of the colonel — Col. Harland Sanders.

Sept. 9 would have been the 128th birthday for Sanders, KFC’s iconic founder. The $11,000 KFC offered was a nod to the famous 11 herbs and spices used in its fried chicken.

Kentucky-based KFC introduced the winner, Harland “Harley” Rose. She was born Sept. 9 at 8 pounds, 1 ounce to parents Anna Pilson and Decker Platt, of Southern Pines, N.C.,, according to KFC.



It’s been 70 years since the name Harland was in the top 1,000 names for American boys, according to Joe Pinsker of The Atlantic. KFC said Harland was ranked No. 3,257 on the list of most common baby names last year.

When KFC announced its deal in August, Andrea Zahumensky, the chief marketing officer for KFC, said “we couldn’t just stand idly by” and let their founder’s name dwindle in popularity.

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Anna Pilson and Decker Platt, of Southern Pines, North Carolina, named their baby girl Harland after the KFC founder. KFC

In a social media post Tuesday, KFC said Harland Rose “will be ushering in an all-new generation of Harlands.”

Beginning January 28, ads featuring entertainer Reba McEntire will air on television and computer screens nationwide to promote KFC’s new Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken.

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