Irmo resident and Chick-fil-A team member Daniel Ott is one of only 25 students across the country to receive the 2015 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award, the chain’s highest scholar recognition that continues Chick-fil-A® founder S. Truett Cathy’s legacy of supporting higher education. Ott received the award from Chick-fil-A at Ballentine Franchised Operator Steve Arnold.
The 25 winners are chosen annually from the chain’s 1,600 Leadership Scholarship winners, all of whom are employed at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country. This second $1,000 scholarship, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award, recognizes team members who excel in academics, community service and leadership.
Ott has worked for Chick-fil-A for more than three years at the Ballentine location. He is a sophomore with a pre-med path and a concentration in Government at Harvard University. Daniel is the son of Michael and Marilynn Ott.
“Daniel personifies the qualities the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award was created to recognize,” said Arnold, franchised Operator at Chick-fil-A at Ballentine. “He leads by example in our restaurant and community. I am delighted that his hard work, positive attitude and leadership have been rewarded with this prestigious scholarship.”
Chick-fil-A’s franchised Operators make an effort to create a working environment that provides leadership opportunities among team members as well character development that will help them excel in school, home and in their communities. These Operators, many of whom are Leadership Scholarship and S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award recipients themselves, serve as mentors in promoting the development of restaurant team members in the areas of goal-setting, integrity, service, work ethic and leadership.
Since its inception, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award has awarded $450,000 in funds to previous Leadership Scholarship recipients. Founded in 1973, Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Scholarship program has awarded more than $34 million in $1,000 scholarships.
Daniel with restaurant operator, Steve Arnold