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Carl's Jr. to Award $60,000 in Scholarships

Jan 3, 2006

Applications Now Available for 2006 La Estrella Latina de Carl's Jr. Scholarship Program

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - January 3 - Carl's Jr. is pleased to announce that applications for the 2006 La Estrella Latina de Carl's Jr. Scholarship Program are now available at participating Carl's Jr. restaurants. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2006.

Sixty scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded to deserving students to help support continuing education. 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 to the La Estrella Latina de Carl's Jr. Scholarship Program must be students 21 years of age or under who are high school seniors or graduates. Eligible applicants must be planning to enroll for the first time in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational school. Applicants must be residents of Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Nevada or Texas. In addition to the application, students must submit an essay describing how they have been "A Star" in their community.

In its eighth year, the La Estrella Latina de Carl's Jr. Scholarship Program has granted $264,000 in scholarships since the program's inception in 1999. Last year, more than 5,000 applications were received from candidates nationwide.

More information about the scholarship application process may be obtained from Cheryl Beamer, at 805-745-7663 or scholarship@ckr.com.

The La Estrella Latina de Carl's Jr. Scholarship Program is administered by Scholarship America, a national nonprofit educational support and student aid service organization. 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.

Carl's Jr. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: CKR) of Carpinteria, Calif. As of the third fiscal quarter ended Nov. 7, 2005, CKE Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, had a total of 3,163 franchised or company-owned restaurants in 43 states and in 13 countries, including 1,042 Carl's Jr. restaurants, 2,004 Hardee's® restaurants and 101 La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill® restaurants. For more information, or to find a Carl's Jr. near you, go to www.ckr.com or www.carlsjr.com.