Oct. 12, 1998
Bob Zacher Named Burger King Scholar Athlete
BURGER KING HONORS LOCAL COLLEGE SCHOLAR ATHLETE Bob
$10,000 Donated to Concordia College Moorhead General Scholarship Fund
MOORHEAD, MN - October 12, 1998 - Burger King Corporation has named Bob Zacher of Concordia College, a Division III College Football Scholar Athlete of the Week. In honor of his outstanding athletic and academic achievements and his commitment to monitoring the community's youth, Burger King has donated $10,000 to the Concordia College general scholarship fund in his name.
The award will be presented by Burger King Franchisee, Grant Hensrud, Concordia College Faculty Athletic Representative, Jim Forde, Athletic Director, Dr. Armin Pipho, and Bob Zacher's parents, Carol and Ben Zacher, during a halftime presentation on October 17th. Concordia will be playing St. John's at Jake Christiansen Stadium in a game which begins at 1:00 CDT.
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, Bob Zacher, is a senior who has maintained
a 3.75 G.P.A. with a
double major in Math and Physics, while starting as a center for the Concordia College football team for the past three season. In addition to his academic and athletic endeavors, Zacher is also a volunteer, tutoring math and participating in a summer fitness program working with children in his hometown, Alexandria, Minnesota.
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 King Scholar Athlete of the Year Award and earn an 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 he 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.
Burger King Corporation and its franchisees operate more than
9,000 restaurants in all 50 states and 56 countries and international territories
around the world. Since the company's founding in 1954, BURGER KING
has become recognized for its great flame-broiled taste and I HAVE IT YOUR
WAY food customization process. In fiscal year 1997 Burger King had
systemwide sales of $9.8 billion. Burger King is a subsidiary of Diageo
plc, one of the world's leading branded consumer products businesses.
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