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Cracker Barrel Provides Spelman College with Scholarships and Leadership Conference Support.

Three grants continue Cracker Barrel's support of Spelman

LEBANON, Tenn. & ATLANTA -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. will present two Spelman College students with $2,500 scholarships as part of the Cracker Barrel Endowed Heritage Scholars program at Spelman College. Senior year students Tanganica Turner and Eddiemae Nash will use the scholarship funding to assist with paying their tuition for their final semesters at Spelman College.

The scholarships will be presented by Cracker Barrel's Senior Vice President of Restaurant Operations Doug Barber during Spelman's annual Donors Appreciation Luncheon, to be held at the college on April 4th. The contribution is part of a $250,000 donation the Company made to the Atlanta-based historically Black liberal arts college for women. Established in 2004, the Cracker Barrel Endowed Heritage Scholars program reinforces the company's commitment to developing future leaders. The program is designed to inspire young people of color to value and explore their history. Ms. Turner, a psychology major, and Ms. Nash, an English major, were selected based on grade point average, financial need and essays they wrote.

"We are proud to support Tanganica and Eddiemae in their academic endeavors at Spelman College," said Barber. "Cracker Barrel and Spelman share a commitment to academic excellence and to preparing tomorrow's leaders to change the world."

The Cracker Barrel Endowed Heritage Scholars program at Spelman College is open to students who maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average and have a financial need. Those who qualify will be asked to submit an application and essay. Students can learn more about the program by contacting Spelman's scholarship office at (404) 270-5212.

Cracker Barrel also served as the lead sponsor of Spelman's recent "Women of Color Student Leadership Conference," which provided a number of students with the opportunity to learn about leadership strategies and to share thoughts on the need for leadership within and outside of the academic environment. Cracker Barrel provided $20,000 in support for this year's conference in the first year of a multi-year commitment of sponsorship for the "Women of Color Student Leadership Conference," which is one of the programs at the college that empowers women to excel intellectually.

"Providing the opportunity for people to understand and build leadership skills is important for their success," said Diana Wynne, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Cracker Barrel and a Spelman alumna. "Through events such as the Women of Color Student Leadership Conference, students can be exposed to some of the best thinking in this field."

About Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store[R] restaurants provide a friendly home-away-from-home in their old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that's surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America's country heritage...all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n' dumplins as well as its signature biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly held CBRL Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL). Cracker Barrel was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. operates 574 company-owned locations in 41 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.

About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is the only historically Black college in the nation to be included on the U.S. News and World Report's list of top 75 "Best Liberal Arts Colleges--Undergraduate," 2005. Located in Atlanta, GA., this private, historically Black women's college boasts outstanding alumnae, including Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; U.S. Foreign Service Director Ruth Davis; authors Tina McElroy Ansa and Pearl Cleage and actress LaTanya Richardson. More than 83 percent of the full-time faculty members have Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees and the student-faculty ratio is 11:1. Annually, nearly one-third of Spelman students receive degrees in the sciences. The students number more than 2,065 and represent 45 states and 19 foreign countries. For more information regarding Spelman College, visit the official Web sit at www.spelman.edu.
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