St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 13, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis freshman defensive lineman Dalton Walsh is one of 35 finalists for the 2017 National Football Foundation (NFF) Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award, as announced by the NFF and the College Hall of Fame.
Walsh was the Southern Indiana Chapter nominee, and is one of six from the Midwest Region.
A 2017 graduate of Reitz Memorial High School and a three-year letterwinner in football, he recorded 48 tackles and five sacks as a senior. Walsh was a team captain, and was named honorable-mention all-State and first-team all-city and all-conference. He helped lead Reitz Memorial to the 2016 Indiana Class 3A Sectional Championship and a 9-4 record.
Off the field, Walsh earned three Academic all-City awards, and was named Academic All-State and a NFF Scholar-Athlete. He also was named a National Merit Commended Scholar and Indiana Regional Academic All-Star.
Walsh is majoring in chemistry at WashU, and is the son of Dr. Chip and Melanie Walsh.
The five NFF Chapter Scholar-Athletes selected from the finalists list will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the New York Hilton Midtown.
With 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members, the NFF Chapter Network impacts more than 500,000 student-athletes at 5,000 high schools in 47 states each year. The centerpiece of their efforts are the annual chapter awards banquets, which recognize more than 3,500 of the nation's top scholar-athletes and distribute more than $1 million in scholarships.
First bestowed in 1991, the NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.