June 21, 2010
Marianela D'Aprile, an honors graduate from Westview High School in Martin, Tenn., has been named 2010 recipient of the Peyton Manning Scholarship. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 1998 to a first-year student participating in UT's Honors Program in honor of Manning, the former Vols signal-caller, co-captain and 1997 All-America selection.
Peyton Manning and UT Director of Financial Aid Jeff Gerkin joined D'Aprile and her parents Celina and Marcelo along with his brother Franco and sister Camila during the June 21 ceremony at the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center. The presentation took place directly in front of the "Peyton Manning Study Area," another byproduct of the Manning years at Tennessee.
"Time sure has a way of slipping by," Manning said. "Marianela now gives us a total of 13 Manning Scholarship recipients since it was first awarded back in 1998. She clearly upholds the outstanding academic standards that this scholarship has come to embody, and she is an accomplished student-athlete as well. I'm certainly proud to add Marianela to what has become an elite group of deserving scholarship recipients."
D'Aprile graduated from Westview High School with a 4.00 GPA, and was named Valedictorian, the highest academically ranked student in her graduating class. She becomes the ninth in-state recipient and the first from Martin.
The incoming freshman was busy in the classroom while at Westview. Her activities include French Club President, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematical Honor Society, Beta Club Treasurer, National Honor Society, Science Bowl Team and Tennessee Math Teachers Association Math Competition Team.
She was also a National Hispanic Scholar, a National Merit Finalist and Scholarship Recipient, received the American Chemical Society Award and was Honorable Mention in the Being, an American Essay Contest.
D'Aprile is one of only 15 incoming Chancellor's Honor students chosen to participate in this year's Haslam Scholars Program, an in-depth enrichment program in which elite students learn from and with one another through a series of integrated, interdisciplinary seminars and extracurricular experiences, including common study abroad.
The future UT student was also member of the varsity soccer team.
"Receiving the Peyton Manning Scholarship not only represents a way for me to pay for college, but also gives me a feeling of support and recognition from UT that cannot be matched", Marianela said. "I am truly grateful for Mr. Manning's generosity and believe that by funding this gift he's giving back to his alma mater as well as fostering education, two extremely valuable deeds."
A speech communication major who was No. 1 in his 1997 graduating class, Manning is the career passing leader at Tennessee with 11,201 yards, a 62.5 completion percentage and 89 touchdown passes.
The Manning Scholarship is funded from gifts to the University garnered from Manning's academic awards, the UT Athletic Department's corporate matching grants program and other private gifts.
Manning's four-year career at UT (1994-97) produced a number of awards that generated $165,000 in scholarship funds. Among the awards were the Burger King-Vincent de Paul Draddy National Scholar Athlete of the Year, the Davey O'Brien Foundation Award and the American Honda Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The Manning Scholarship covers the costs of tuition, room and board. The award is granted to a first-year student on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and community service.