Robert Abrahamson, a senior at Chadwick Prep School in Palos Verdes, Calif., was named the 18th winner of the Volney Meece Scholarship on Tuesday.
The scholarship is awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America and is 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 18-year-old Abrahamson is the son of long-time FWAA member Alan Abrahamson.
Robert has compiled an impressive list of academic achievements and extracurricular activities. A National Merit finalist who scored a perfect 2400 SAT score on his first attempt, Robert has maintained a 4.44 weighted GPA while taking a strenuous load of advanced placement classes throughout his high school career.
A member of the National Honor Society, he was also elected to the National Chinese Honor Society, which is awarded for outstanding character and GPA in a foreign language. Robert is the only person in the history of his school to attain an EiHA Research Internship at USC, while also completing three internships at UCLA in science and mathematics.
In addition to his superb work in the class room, Robert has been a member of Chadwick’s golf and tennis teams, has been an officer in the student and honor councils, president of the math team and Yearbook Editor. He has also provided community service work for Habitat for Humanity and Los Hermanos Gris, where he received the Silver Presidential Service Award.
|Past winners of the Volney Meece Scholarship|
|1997||Brett Goering||Topeka, Kan.|
|1998||Kelly Brooks||Denver, Colo.|
|1999||James Butz||Schaumberg, Ill.|
|2000||Sara Barnhart||Atlanta, Ga.|
|2001||Patrick Davis||Coventry, Conn.|
|2002||Jacqueline O’Toole||Gaithersburg, Md.|
|2003||Garrett Holtz||Denver, Colo.|
|2004||Katie Hersom||Oklahoma City, Okla.|
|2005||Katie Wieberg||Lawson, Mo.|
|2006||Kaylynn Monroe||Winter Park, Fla.|
|2007||Nate Kerkhoff||Overland Park, Kan.|
|2008||Jack Caywood||Lawrence, Kan.|
|2009||Haley Dodd||Overland Park, Kan.|
|2010||Donald Hunt||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|2011||Alaina Martens||Papillion, Neb.|
|2012||Emily Alford||Tupelo, Miss.|
|2013||Sarah Helsley||Edmond, Okla.|