November 12, 1998
Seattle, WA - Burger King Corporation has named Washington senior offensive tackle Aaron Dalan its Division I-A College Football Scholar Athlete of the Week. In honor of his outstanding athletic and academic achievements, and his commitment to community service, Burger King will donate $10,000 to the University of Washington general scholarship fund in his name. The award will be presented during Saturday's Husky football game against UCLA by Burger King Franchisee Dave Shaw and School President Dr. Richard L. McCormick.
Developed to foster the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence while encouraging social awareness and community service, the Burger King College Football Scholarship Program is the largest single corporate commitment of its kind in the United States. The awarding of these scholarships is based on academic achievement, dedication to community service and athletic ability. Since the program's inception three years ago, Burger King has donated a total of $3.3 million dollars in college scholarship funds to 174 colleges and universities nationwide. The 1998 program will raise the overall Burger King contribution to $4.3 million.
"These athletes serve as outstanding role models of achievement in the classroom, on the football field and in their communities," says Jim Watkins, Burger King Corporation senior vice president, North America Marketing. "We are proud to honor these young people who have truly applied themselves in school and still found the time to remain actively involved with helping others."
This week's scholar athlete, Aaron Dalan, is a senior who has maintained a 3.63 GPA as a Biology major while starting as an offensive lineman for the University of Washington football team. In addition to his academic and athletic endeavors, Dalan, a member of Athletes in Action, is also a volunteer for the Seattle Children's Hospital and a Pen Pal for Belfair Elementary School in North Madison, Washington.
Each week throughout the 10-week 1998 college football season, Burger King Corporation will name eight scholar athlete award winners, and donate $10,000 to the general scholarship fund of each scholar athlete's school in the name of the athlete. Four of these winners, one from each college football division, will be selected as finalists for the 1998 Burger Scholar Athlete of the Year Award and earn additional $25,000 for their school. This award honors the nation's top scholar athlete in college football and Burger King Corporation will set up a $100,000 scholarship endowment at the school of the honored winner.
The winner of the 1998 Burger King Scholar Athlete of the Year Award will be announced during the ESPN2 Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 10. Last year's recipient was Peyton Manning of the University of Tennessee, who was the number one draft pick in 1998 and is now an NFL starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.