On Wednesday, fast food chain KFC named Amanda Russell, a 17-year old student at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California, winner of their $20,000 Twitter scholarship.

Although Russell was new to Twitter – having opened an account just to apply for the KFC award – she beat out nearly 3,000 other applicants with her winning Tweet:

"Hey Colonel! Your scholarship's the secret ingredient missing from my recipe for success! Got the grades, drive, just need cash!"

KFC will award 74 additional 2011 scholarships and  is accepting applications through Feb. 9. Visit www.KFC.com or www.KFCscholars.org for more information.