Tuesday, May 21st, 2013


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. 

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 2013 include:

The following five Fogelson Scholarships are presented to exemplary previous Scovell recipients currently enrolled in college:

E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson Grant Winners:

Danny Lamar, 18, is a freshman at Texas A&M University where he is studying Business Management while serving as a member of the Corps of Cadets. He actively holds a leadership position with the Freshman Business Initiative, while also being involved with the Texas A&M Wesley Foundation and various other volunteer projects. The Red Oak High School graduate aspires to be elected to the United States House of Representatives.

Courtney Richardson, 21, is a junior at Abilene Christian University working towards a degree in Accounting. She volunteers regularly with the College Heights Friendship House After-School Program and the ACU Welcome Back Food Drive. The Celina High School graduate is actively involved in ACU intramural sports and serves on the college ministry leadership team 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, 19, is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin where she is studying Pre-Med. She is actively involved with the Best Buddies organization where she assists people with special needs. Additionally, she volunteers with Dell Children’s Medical Center and is a member of the Kappa Rho Female Pre-Med Honor Society. The Ceder Hill High School graduate was selected by her professors as an ambassador representing the College of Natural Science Texas Interdisciplinary Plan.

Meredith Thomasson, 18, is a freshman at Texas A&M University majoring in Communications. She serves at the Bridge Ministries Food Bank by assisting needy families and volunteers with the Wells Project, an organization dedicated to raising funds to build clean water wells in Africa. Thomasson is a graduate of Boswell High School who is striving to become a “good Ag” who upholds excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service.

Maggie Weiss, 20, is a junior Kinesiology major at Texas A&M University. She is a member of the Texas A&M Sports Marketing Association and currently serves as the president of the service committee for the Aggie Angels, the Aggie basketball team’s hostess organization. She has also served as a volunteer for the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association and the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Weiss graduated from Huckabay High School.

The following 10 named scholarships are presented to exemplary high school graduates:

AT&T Award:

Williams Andrade, 18, is graduating from Grand Prairie High School, where he plays basketball and is a member of the band. He is actively involved in the National Honor Society, T.I.E.S. Leadership Group, UIL Science Team, and Spanish Club. Additionally, he holds leadership roles in Student Council, Crime Stoppers and Temple Emanuel Church Youth Council. Andrade will attend Texas A&M University in the fall to prepare for a career in civil engineering and architecture.

Cotton Bowl Athletic Association Scholarship:

Cody Smith, 18, is graduating from Irving High School, where he is the president of his class and a football letterman. He is also an active member of the baseball team, golf team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, and the school’s KIRV news team. Smith is actively involved with his church where he serves as a camp counselor and goes on mission trips. He will attend Texas A&M University.   

Ben E. Keith Company Scholarship:

Julie Nguyen, 18, is graduating from Arlington Sam Houston High School, where she is in the top two-percent of her graduating class of 679. She is a member of the drill team, the cheerleading squad and the varsity tennis team. In addition, she is actively involved in National Honor Society, Key Club and the Helping Our Pupil Excel (HOPE) program as a tutor. Nguyen will attend Texas State University.

Catfish Montgomery Scholarship:

Reese Miller, 18, is graduating from Azle High School, where he lettered in baseball and excelled as a member of the marching band, concert band and jazz band. Miller is also actively involved in the National Honor Society, Interact Club Peer Assistance Leaders (PALS) and Student Council. He aspires to work in sports broadcasting and will attend University of Texas at Austin, where he will study journalism.

Texas Tech Scholarship:

Roald Credo, 18, is graduating from Mesquite Horn High School, where he lettered in band and choir. He was named a Rotary Club Outstanding Student and finished in first place in a writing contest. He earned all-region honors in band where he serves as uniform captain and historian. Credo is also involved in Musical Theatre, Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, Multi-Cultural Club and Future Healthcare Professionals Club. He will attend Texas Tech in the fall.

J. Curtis Sanford Parade Scholarship:

Sara Al-Dogom, 17, is graduating from Richardson Berkner High School, where she is a member of the Bandoleras Drill Team. Since moving to Texas in 2008 from Amman, Jordan, Al-Dogom has excelled academically and will finish in the top five-percent of her class of 580. She is actively involved in the National Honor Society, Key Club, Berkner Association of Medical Students, and is the president of the French Club. Al-Dogom aspires to be a doctor and plans to attend University of Texas at Dallas.  

Hunt Consolidated Scholarship:

Relius Johnson, 18, is graduating from Arlington Bowie High School, where he lettered in track and ran on the cross country team. He is a huddle leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a member of the National Honor Society and is the president of the African American Male Initiative. He was also honored as the 2012-2013 Bowie High School Student of the Year. Johnson will attend Texas A&M Commerce and plans to one day become a teacher and coach.

Dan S. Petty Scholarship:

Cynthia Raya, 18, is graduating from Arlington Heights High School in the top ten-percent of her class. She is a member of the cross country team and is actively involved in the National Honor Society, Hispanic Women’s Network of North Texas, Interact Club, Hispanic Youth Association, and the San Mateo Church Youth Group. Raya aspires to one day help medically disadvantaged communities in underdeveloped countries.  She will attend the University of Texas at Austin where she will study to become a doctor.

Mary Dupree Scovell Scholarship:

Kendall Burks, 18, is graduating from Waxahachie High School, where she ranks No. 1 in her graduating class of 386. She was named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist, is the president of the National Honor Society and is the captain of her school’s UIL Spelling and Vocabulary team. In addition to her academic achievements, Burks is the captain of her varsity tennis team. Upon graduating, Burks will attend Rice University and plans to go to medical school.

Jack B. Prince Scholarship:

Derrick Cleveland, 18, is graduating from Keller Central High School, where he has a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average. He is a member of the basketball, football and track teams as well as the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society and Spanish Club. Additionally, he is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout. Cleveland will attend the University of Texas at Austin and will study architecture. 

The 15 Scovell Scholarships totaling $60,000 will be awarded at a reception on   Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

“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. “These scholarships wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support we received from so many this past year. Also, the Cotton Bowl Council worked tirelessly to spread the word about our scholarship applications. Thanks to them, we had a record number of applicants this year. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for.”

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


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