FIELD AND MARY SCOVELL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANT RECIPIENTS
15 Scholarships Awarded to Honor Legacy of “Mr. Cotton Bowl”
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 17, 2012 – The Field and Mary Scovell Scholarship Foundation today announced the 15 recipients of $4,000 college grants that honor the memory of “Mr. Cotton Bowl” and his wife of nearly 50 years.
The 15 Scovell Scholarships totaling $60,000 will be awarded at a reception on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. The total amount awarded is a record for the Foundation, surpassing last year’s total of $45,000.
Scovell Scholarships are open to all North Texas high school graduates with strong leadership abilities, high moral character, demonstrated financial need and a connection to sports. Recipients must continue their education in the State of Texas (including community colleges) or at a Big 12 or Southeastern Conference university – the two conferences associated with the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Scovell grant recipients for 2012 include:
The following five Fogelson Scholarships are presented to exemplary previous Scovell recipients currently enrolled in college:
E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson Grant Winners:
Seth Johnston, 19, is a freshman at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he earned a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) his first semester as a Music Education major. He is actively involved in intramural flag football and is a member of the University Chorale. Johnston leads a weekly Bible study on campus. The McKinney High School graduate, who was a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State Football Team, often returns home on the weekend to lead another Bible study at the Stonebridge United Methodist Church.
Michelle Patterson, 19, is in her second year at the University of Texas-Austin but is already classified as a junior. She holds a 3.8 GPA as a business honors/Management Information Services (MIS) major. She is the vice president of a student organization that raises money for Feed the Children and actively participates in food drives and volunteers at food shelters. She is the Special Events Committee chair for the MIS Association and is a member of the McCombs Diversity Council, the Honors Business Association and the Hispanic Business Student Association. Michelle graduated from Plano West High School.
Courtney Richardson, 20, is a sophomore at Abilene Christian University working toward a degree in Accounting. She volunteers regularly with the College Heights Friendship House After-School Program and the ACU Welcome Back Food Drive. She was also an ACU Welcome Back 2011 Mentor Group Leader. The Celina High School graduate is actively involved in ACU intramural sports and in the college ministry at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. She is a member of the ACU Honors College while holding a 4.0 GPA and serving as a teacher’s assistant.
Aspen Riser, 18, is about to complete her first year at the University of Texas at Austin but has earned enough hours to be considered a sophomore. She is actively involved with the Best Buddies organization that assists people with special needs. She volunteers at a local homeless shelter and Dell Hospital. Majoring in biology, she is a member of the Kappa Rho Fremale Pre-Med Honors Society and the College of Natural Science Texas Interdisciplinary (TIP) Fellows, where she was selected by her professors as an ambassador. Riser is a Ceder Hill High School graduate. .
Sarah Thomas, 19, is in her second year at the University of Texas at Austin but has completed enough hours to be classified as a junior. She holds a 3.6 GPA while pursuing a degree in public relations. Thomas was recently invited to join Senior Fellows, the honors program for the College of Communications. She is vice president of membership development for the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. The Colleyville Heritage High School graduate has assisted with the Special Olympics and volunteered at a local elementary school through the UT Project 2011.
The following 10 named scholarships are presented to exemplary high school graduates:
Daniel Lamar, 17, is graduating from Red Oak High School, where he ranks No. 1 in his graduating class of 405. He lettered in football and participated in both basketball and track and field. Lamar will attend Texas A&M in the fall to study Business Administration while serving as a member of the Corps of Cadets. He is actively involved in his church and has volunteered at Daniel’s Den Women’s House, the Lions Club of Red Oak, Dallas Life Foundation, Unity Park Homeless Shelter and the Salvation Army. His long-term goal is to be elected to the United States House of Representatives.
Cotton Bowl Athletic Association Scholarship:
Brady Dowell, 18, is graduating from Huckabay High School in Stephenville, where he lettered in basketball, cross country and golf. He was named an UIL All-District member of the basketball team. He is a member of the Future Farmers of America and serves as secretary of the 4H Erath County Club. He grew up working on the family farm and has had to balance studies, varsity athletics and farm work. Dowell plans to study Agricultural Science at Tarleton State University in the fall.
Ben E. Keith Scholarship:
Jocelyn Lopez, 18, is graduating from Fort Worth South Hills High School, where she ranks in the Top 20 in her graduating class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is president of the Student Leadership Council. Lopez served on the Homecoming Committee, Prom Committee and is Co-Captain of AVID Executive Team. She participated in both softball and volleyball and served as the team manager for the softball team. Lopez will attend TCU.
Catfish Montgomery Scholarship:
Justin Newsom, 18, is graduating from Rockwall High School, where he is a member of the National Honor Society, and president of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Team. Newsom’s marketing team was ranked No. 7 in the State of Texas and earned a trip to the DECA National Championships. He was also voted vice president of his church’s Student Action Leadership Team (SALT). Newson was active in baseball and played football his sophomore year. He will attend Texas State University.
Texas Tech Scholarship:
Motola Peters, 18, is graduating from Frisco Liberty High School, where she was captain of the track and field team and a member of the varsity basketball squad. She is Student Council President and a student leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Peters is involved in the Student Impact organization and the Climate Committee. She has a passion for helping others through mission trips and assists charities that aid third world countries. Peters will attend Texas Tech University.
E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson Scholarship:
Meredith Thomasson, 17, is graduating from Fort Worth Boswell High School, where she lettered in cross country and track and field. She also participated in volleyball. She ranks in the Top-20 of her graduating class and had a perfect attendance record from 2008 to 2011. She was a nominee for Homecoming Queen, Snowball Queen, Most Studious Award and Class Favorite. Thomasson is the Student Body President and has been a member of the Student Council since 2008. She also serves on the Principal’s Leadership Council. Thomasson will attend Texas A&M University.
Hunt Consolidated Scholarship:
Jocelyn Townsend, 18, will graduate from Wylie East High School ranked No. 2 in her graduating class. She is a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Student Council and president of Wylie East Chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators. She was captain of her school’s inaugural soccer team and is president of a self-founded non-profit organization called Healthy Hope that aids local homeless. Townsend won the Spirit of Raiderland Award that goes to someone who best represents the school. She will attend Texas A&M University.
Dan S. Petty Scholarship:
Ashley Webb, 17, is graduating from Dallas Carter High School, where she ranks No. 1 in his class of 243. She was an All-District volleyball and softball player and was named an All-American as part of the cheerleading squad. She was homecoming queen this fall and was the Ms. Sophomore and Ms. Junior Pageant winner. Webb is Senior Class President and is a member of the DISD Teen Board and is the Peer Assistance and Leadership Student President. Webb will attend the University of Texas.
Mary Dupree Scovell Scholarship:
Matison Webster, 17, will graduate from Sanger High School, where she was captain of the varsity cheerleading squad and competes in the renowned Cheer Athletics. She is a member of the Student Council, Future Farmers of America and the French Club. She works two part time jobs, volunteers for Special Olympics and has completed 12 credit hours to apply toward college. Webster plans to be the first college graduate in her family and will attend Stephen F. Austin University.
Jack B. Prince Scholarship:
Erica Williams, 19, will graduate in the Top 20 in her class from Fort Worth Polytechnic High School. She lettered in both volleyball and cheerleading and was captain of both squads. She was named First Team All-District in volleyball. Williams is a member of the National Honor Socitety, the Poly Collaborative Theatre, Key Club and Poly First Ladies. She will attend Stephen F. Austin University.
In addition to the $4,000 scholarship, each recipient will be recognized at the AT&T Big Play Luncheon during AT&T Cotton Bowl week on January 3, 2013.
“We are honored to recognize these outstanding young leaders for their contributions to our community,” said Jack B. Prince, president of the Scovell Scholarship Foundation. “We are grateful for the record number of contributors that made the increase in grants possible this year. The increase in grants led to a record number of applications, and we hope to continue to increase the amount of money we award in the future.”
The Scovell Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships to local students since the Foundation’s inception in 1991. The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization and is the official beneficiary of the CBAA. More than 99 percent of all contributions to the volunteer-led Foundation go directly to student scholarships. All contributions are tax deductible for Internal Revenue Service purposes.
For more information, contact Jack B. Prince at 972-757-7030, or visit www.scovellscholarships.com.