NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (FWAA) –
Sarah Helsley, a senior at Edmond Santa Fe High School
in Edmond, Okla., was named as the 17th winner of the Volney
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 announcement came at the FWAA's annual awards
The scholarship is a $1,000 annual grant for four years. It is
awarded to a deserving son or daughter of an FWAA member.
The 17-year-old Helsley is the daughter of long-time FWAA member
John Helsley of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City.
Sarah has compiled an impressive list of academic achievements
and extracurricular activities. A national merit semifinalist who
ranks in the top two percent of her senior class, she has maintained
a perfect 4.0 grade point average (4.214 weighted) while taking
a strenuous load of advanced placement classes throughout her high
A member of both the National Honor Society and the Pablo Neruda
chapter of the Spanish Honor Society, Sarah has been named an AP
Scholar with Distinction, received the Academic Excellence Award
every year of high school, nominated for Academic All-State and
selected unanimously by her peers in the Santa Fe senior class as
the "Genius of our Generation."
In addition to her superb work in the classroom, Sarah is an
editor for the student newspaper and costume designer for the drama
department. She's also heavily involved in a variety of activities
outside of school. She has volunteered at the University of Oklahoma
Children's Hospital, leads a confirmation class at her church and
works 20-25 hours a week at her part-time job with the local AMC
Scheduled to graduate in May, Sarah plans to attend the University
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.,; Alaina
Martens, La Vista, Neb. and Emily Alford, Tupelo, Miss.
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.
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