FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FWAA) – Jack Caywood, a senior
at Free State High School in Lawrence, Kan., was named Thursday
as the 12th 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 Caywood is the son of long-time FWAA member Kurt
Caywood of the Topeka Capital-Journal. He is also the grandson of
Barbara Caywood, the first female sports writer in Kansas and a
pioneer for female rights in sports journalism.
Jack's impressive academic record at Free State High School includes
selection to the National Honor Society with a 3.97 GPA, and winner
of the President's Award for Educational Excellence.
An all-conference and honorable mention all-state selection in
football, Jack helped lead his team to the Kansas 6A championship
game. He is also captain of the wrestling team and a two-time state
qualifier in the sport.
In addition to his academic and athletic achievements, Jack has
been involved in numerous extracurricular activities. Some of those
achievements include working for Habitat for Humanity, participating
in his Church Youth Group and Chamber Choir.
"I can't imagine anyone more deserving of the FWAA scholarship
than Jack Caywood," wrote Lawrence Journal-World sports writer Chuck
Woodling in his letter of recommendation. "Not only are his academics
and citizenship exemplary, his competitiveness as a wrestler and
as an undersized defensive line lineman on Free State High's state
finalist football team elevate him to an even high level."
Scheduled to graduate in May 2009, Jack plans to attend Baker
University, where he will study engineering and play football.
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.; Nate Kerkhoff, Overland Park, Kan.
• Volney Meece Scholarship