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Carl's Jr. Offers $60,000 in Scholarships in Honor of Founders

Jan 2, 2009

Applications Now Available Online for 10th Annual Carl N. & Margaret Karcher Founders’ Scholarship Program


CARPINTERIA, Calif. – January 2, 2009 – The 10th annual Carl N. and Margaret Karcher Founders’ Scholarship application is now available online at Applications are accepted only during the month of January. Carl’s Jr.® has granted more than $400,000 in scholarship monies since the inception of its scholarship program in 1999.


Carl’s Jr. founder Carl N. Karcher passed away last year on Jan. 11 at 90 years old, so it’s fitting for the applications to be accepted during this month as a tribute to his life. As a young married couple in 1941, Carl N. and Margaret Karcher started their company believing that they could earn success through their commitment to faith, service and hard work.  More than 65 years later, Carl’s Jr. is proud to continue their commitment to the community by offering 60 hard-working high school students a $1,000 scholarship to the two- or four-year college or vocational school of their choice.


Scholarship winners will be selected based on their academic record, school and community leadership and participation, work experience and future goals. Financial need and other family circumstances will also be considered.


Applicants for the Carl N. and Margaret Karcher Founders’ Scholarship must be high school seniors or graduates, up to 21 years of age, planning to enroll for the first time at an accredited two- or four-year college or vocational school. Applicants must be a resident of the states in which Carl’s Jr. operates restaurants: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, or Washington state.


More information about the Carl N. and Margaret Karcher Founders’ Scholarship application process and a downloadable application are available at the Carl’s Jr. Web site:


The Carl N. and Margaret Karcher Founders’ Scholarship is administered by Scholarship Management Services ® , a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.


Employees, affiliates and franchisees of Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., Scholarship America, affiliated agencies, and their immediate families are not eligible to receive a scholarship pursuant to this program.


About Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr. is celebrating more than 65 years in the quick-service industry. What began as a lone hot dog cart in Los Angeles, Calif. in 1941 is today an international organization that employs nearly 30,000 people worldwide. Carl’s Jr. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: CKR) of Carpinteria, Calif. As of the third fiscal quarter ended November 3, 2008, CKE Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, had a total of 3,110 franchised, licensed or company-operated restaurants in 42 states and in 14 countries, including 1,185 Carl’s Jr. restaurants and 1,912 Hardee’s restaurants. For more information, or to find a Carl’s Jr. near you, go to or  

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