By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– As the first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® in the state of California prepares for its grand opening in Victorville this February, the company is teaming up with the Victor Valley College Foundation to establish a $10,000 scholarship endowment at Victor Valley College (VVC), to provide an annual scholarship in perpetuity to Restaurant Management students to demonstrate its long-term commitment to the Victor Valley community.
In addition, to celebrate the opening of its new location in Victorville, Cracker Barrel has partnered with VVC to offer three $1,000 scholarships for restaurant management students enrolled in the 2018-2019 academic year.
The gesture comes as the Homestyle eatery is set to make history by laying its first roots in the local region. Becoming a part of the fabric of the community aligns with the company’s “Pleasing People” mission to help others in need.
“We are excited about this new partnership with the College and the opportunity to showcase our long-term commitment to the community and new home in California,” said Cracker Barrel Manager of Corporate Citizenship Sloane Lucas. “The company, and our Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation, have a long history of supporting the pursuit of higher education, including awarding over $1 million in scholarships to more than 800 students since the inception of our annual Employee Scholarship Program. Our partnership with VVC is a natural extension for our brand as we open our first California location.”
In fall of 2018, students enrolled in the hospitality program at VVC, will be eligible to receive scholarships to assist them with their financial needs. The endowment will support up to two students each year with a $500 scholarship. Students interested in applying for scholarships can do so beginning January 16, 2018 during opening day of the Foundation’s scholarship drive. The online application can be found and requires an essay along with two letters of reference.
“An endowment from a national brand with local ties is a first-of-its-kind for VVC, and it’s an extremely generous gift for any corporate partner in the restaurant industry,” said Victor Valley College Foundation Board President Eric Schmidt. “Cracker Barrel is demonstrating how collaboration is a key ingredient to setting our community up for success.”
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