TAMPA (FWAA) Dolen Helwagen of Pataskala,
Ohio, was named the 20th 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
awarded to a deserving son or daughter of an FWAA member.
The 17-year-old Helwagen is the daughter of long-time FWAA member
Dolen has compiled an impressive list of academic and extracurricular
achievements in her four years at Watkins Memorial High School.
She maintained a 4.182 weighted GPA while taking a strenuous load
of advanced placement and honors classes. She also scored 30-plus
on the ACT.
A member of the National Honor Society and on the student council
four years, Dolen was a two-time co-captain of the varsity tennis
team. She's in the Watkins Memorial concert choir, was a Buckeye
Girls State delegate and a Rotary International ambassador.
Kathleen Berry, a member of the Watkins Memorial faculty, wrote
in her letter of recommendation: "Dolen's impressive GPA and
ACT score speaks volumes about her inherent intelligence and work
ethic. Her contagious enthusiasm and commitment to excellence both
in the classroom and on the tennis court make her one of the most
emulated leaders in our school."
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.; Emily Alford, Tupelo, Miss.; Sarah Helsley,
Edmond, Okla.; Abrahamson, Palos Verdes, Calif.; and Danielle Hoover,
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 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 214-870-6516.
Volney Meece Scholarship