Indianapolis — Jacob Weiszer, a senior at Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, Ga., was named the 25th winner of the Volney Meece Scholarship on Monday.
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 Weiszer is the son of FWAA member Marc Weiszer.
Jacob has compiled an impressive list of academic and extracurricular achievements. Accepted at the University of Georgia, where he is already taking classes, Jacob has also applied to several more universities. If he selects Georgia, he will be considered a sophomore when he enters next fall because of the college credits he’s earning as part of the of dual-enrolling program with the university.
At Cedar Shoals, Jacob has maintained a weighted 4.32 GPA while taking several advanced placement courses. A member of the National Honor Society, he ranks third academically in his senior class of 280 students and has been awarded the school’s Phi Beta Kappa Book Award, for exemplifying the highest level of academic, ethical and social commitment.
Jacob is a four-year member of his school’s soccer team, plays Alto saxophone in the marching band, is sports editor of the school magazine and a reporter for Cedar Shoals’ WJAG-TV station. He also volunteered as a youth summer camp counselor and is a religious school volunteer, helping mentor first-grade students in Judaic studies and the basics of Hebrew.
Jacob has attained many additional honors while also working part-time at a neighborhood restaurant. He intends to pursue a business degree with a goal of working in the accounting, financial or international business fields.
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.|
|2014||Robert Abramson||Palos Verde, Calif.|
|2015||Danielle Hoover||Tulsa, Okla.|
|2016||Dolen Helwagen||Pataskala, Ohio|
|2017||Elizabeth Schroeder||Norman, Okla.|
|2018||Mallory Rosetta||Baton Rouge, La.|
|2019||Alexandra Haley||Hamilton, N.J.|
|2020||Sarah Shatel||Omaha, Neb.|