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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 This article is about the restaurant-and-store chain. For the unrelated company marketing cheeses bearing the "Cracker Barrel" trademark, see Kraft Foods.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
 Old Country Store, Inc. will present two Spelman College Spelman College: see Atlanta Univ. Center.
Spelman College

Private, historically black, women's liberal arts college in Atlanta, Ga. Its history is traced to 1881, when two Boston women began teaching 11 black women, mostly ex-slaves, in an Atlanta
 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 Liberal arts colleges are primarily colleges with an emphasis upon undergraduate study in the liberal arts. The Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Concise offers the following definition of the liberal arts as a, "college or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge  for women. Established in 2004, the Cracker Barrel Endowed Heritage Scholars program reinforces the company's commitment to developing future leaders Future Leaders is a UK schools-led charitable organisation that aims to widen the pool of talented leaders especially for urban challenging secondary schools. It was founded in March 2006 by Nat Wei, a former founder of Teach First. . The program is designed to inspire young people of color Noun 1. people of color - a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
people of colour, colour, color

race - people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock; "some biologists doubt that there are important
 to value and explore their history. Ms. Turner, a psychology major, and Ms. Nash, an English major The English Major (alternatively English concentration, B.A. in English) is a term for an undergraduate university degree in the United States and a few other countries which focuses on the study of literature in the English language (the term may also be used to describe a student , 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 not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.

See also: 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 Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of the publicly held CBRL CBRL CBRL Group, Inc (stock symbol)
CBRL Council for British Research in the Levant (UK) 
 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

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 liberal arts, term originally used to designate the arts or studies suited to freemen. It was applied in the Middle Ages to seven branches of learning, the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, and the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.  Colleges--Undergraduate," 2005. Located in Atlanta, GA., this private, historically Black women's college boasts outstanding alumnae, including Children's Defense Fund The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a national organization that is committed to the social Welfare of children. Founded in 1973, the nonprofit group uses its annual $9 million budget to lobby legislators and to speak out publicly on a broad array of issues on the law, the family, and  Founder Marian Wright Edelman Marian Wright Edelman (born June 6, 1939, in Bennettsville, South Carolina) is an American activist for the rights of children. She is president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund. ; 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
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