NEW ORLEANS (FWAA) Nate Kerkhoff, a senior at
Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kan., was named Monday
as the 11th winner of the Volney Meece Scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded annually by the Football Writers Association
of America and named for the late Volney Meece. Meece served 22
years as the FWAA's executive director and was the organization's
president in 1971.
The scholarship is a $1,000 annual grant for four years. It is
given to a deserving son or daughter of an FWAA member.
The 18-year-old Kerkhoff is the son of longtime FWAA member
Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star, who served as FWAA president
Nate's impressive academic record at Blue Valley High School
includes selection to the National Honor Society with a 3.7 GPA,
while being named an Advanced Placement Scholar. An all-state and
all-conference selection during a record-setting baseball career,
he was also an all-conference selection in football and helped lead
his team to a Kansas state championship. Those successes resulted
in his selection to the East Kansas League Scholar-Athlete team
in both sports.
In addition to his academic and athletic achievements, Nate has
been involved in numerous extracurricular activities as his high
school. Some of those achievements include the annual Christmas
toy drive, serving as a Tiger Ambassador and doing volunteer work
with younger students in the Tiger Mentor program.
Nate's work ethic is inspirational to those around him, and
makes him a great role model for the younger students in our school,
said Blue Valley football coach Steve Rampy. It is a credit to
his diligence and perseverance that he has maintained such high
academic marks while being involved in so many activities.
Scheduled to graduate in May 2008, Nate plans to attend a university
in the Big 12 Conference.
Previous Meece Scholarship winners include: Brett Goering, Topeka,
Kan.; Kelly Brooks, Denver, Colo.; James Butz, Schaumberg, Ill.;
Sara Barnhart, Atlanta, Ga.; Patrick Davis, Coventry, Conn.; Jacqueline
O'Toole, Gaithersburg, Md.; Garrett Holtz, Denver, Colo.:, Katie
Hersom, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Katie Wieberg, Lawson, Mo.; and Kaylynn
Monroe, Winter Park, Fla.
Volney Meece Scholarship