FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FWAA) Emily Alford,
a senior at Tupelo High School in Tupelo, Miss., was named Monday
as the 16th 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 Alford is the daughter of longtime FWAA member
Parrish Alford of the Northwest Mississippi Daily Journal.
Emily's impressive academic record at Tupelo High School includes
membership in the National Honor Society and a fixture on the school's
Honor Roll all four years. Emily accumulated a 3.968 GPA while taking
several accelerated, advanced placement and honor courses.
In addition to her academic achievements, Emily has been involved
in numerous extracurricular projects at school, in the community
and with her church. Some of those activities include membership
in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Educators of American,
Mississippi All State Honor Choir, Calvary Baptist Church Tornado
Relief Volunteer, Bible Club Leader, Calvary Baptist Church Ecuador
Mission Trip and Vacation Bible School Teacher.
Dr. Suzy White Williams, director of several of Emily's choral
activities, wrote in his letter of recommendation: "Emily has excellent
rapport with teachers, students and administrators. She is self
assured and self motivated and handles the stress associated with
school and activities easily. I have rarely met a student upon whom
I can rely as much as Emily."
Scheduled to graduate May 17, Emily plans to attend Mississippi
Previous Meece scholarship winners include: Brett Goering, Topeka,
Kan.; Kelly Brooks, Denver, Colo.; Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Sara
Barnhart, Atlanta, Ga., Patrick Davis, Coventry, Conn.; Jacqueline
OToole, Gaithersburg, Md.; Garrett Holtz, Denver, Colo.:, Katie
Hersom, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Katie Wieberg, Lawson, Mo.; Kaylynn
Monroe, Winter Park, Fla.; Nate Kerkhoff, Overland Park, Kan.; Jack
Caywood, Lawrence, Kan.; Donald Hunt, Philadelphia, Pa., and Alaina
Martens, La Vista, Neb.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football
for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America
team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve
Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198.
Volney Meece Scholarship