NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (FWAA) – Haley Dodd, a senior
at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan., was
named Thursday as the 13th 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 17-year-old Dodd is the daughter of FWAA member Dennis Dodd
of CBS Sportsline. A longtime FWAA board member, Dennis Dodd served
as the organization's President in 2006.
Haley's impressive academic record at Saint Thomas Aquinas High
School includes selection to the Principal's Honor Roll with a 3.60
GPA, which she achieved while taking several elective honors courses.
In addition to her academic achievements, Haley has been involved
in numerous extracurricular activities. Some of those achievements
include school musicals, concert choir, girl's chorale, cheerleader,
reporter for the student newspaper and participation in the Walk
For Life Charity.
Matt Hallauer, Adviser for The Shield, the Saint Thomas Aquinas
student newspaper, wrote in his letter of recommendation that "Haley
Dodd is a model student for others. She excels at everything and
does it politely. Haley will be a strong reporter at the college
level. She has the maturity and sense of responsibility that she
needs to properly juggle her priorities."
Scheduled to graduate in May 2010, Haley plans to attend the
University of Missouri-Columbia, where she will study broadcast
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.; Kaylynn
Monroe, Winter Park, Fla.; Nate Kerkhoff, Overland Park, Kan.; and
Jack Caywood, Lawrence, Kan.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and
women across North America 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, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
For more information on the FWAA and its award programs, contact
Executive Director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198,
firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit
the association's official website,
• Volney Meece Scholarship