Morgantown native Maxwell Anderson knows what it means to work hard. Through the core values instilled by his family, the former fullback on the WVU football team balanced NCAA Division I athletics with tough academics. He will graduate this weekend with a 3.75 grade point average.

His success on the field and in the classroom has earned him recognition as the recipient of the 2010 Louis D. Meisel Award. The award, presented by the Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund of the WVU Alumni Association, is named for Louis D. Meisel, a player on the 1928 football team, and recognizes a graduating member of the football team who has achieved the highest grade point average.

“Balancing school with the demands of football was tough, but it was worth it,” says Anderson. “I have a great support system in my parents and amazing resources available as a student athlete. The combination of the two helped to get me where I am today.”

Anderson will earn his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the WVU College of Business and Economics during the 141st Commencement Ceremonies held May 15-16.

“Maxwell Anderson has maintained a strong work ethic on and off the field. Playing college sports and excelling academically is no easy task, and Maxwell was able to achieve success on both fronts. He has represented WVU well, and we are pleased to recognize his efforts with the Meisel award,” said Stephen L. Douglas, president & CEO, WVU Alumni Association.

Anderson has received numerous academic and athletic honors, including the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll and Big East Academic All-Star. He will be presented with the award during the 2010 Alumni Luncheon and Vandalia ceremony at The Erickson Alumni Center on May 15th. He will receive a plaque, as well as a financial stipend, in recognition of his accomplishments.

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