Rover earns first Maxfield Scholarship
Former Mesa State College student-athlete Jonny Maxfield left such an indelible impression, the athletic department made sure he would not be forgotten.
The Student Athlete Advisory Council has created the Jonny Maxfield Scholarship.
Maxfield, who played on the Mesa football team, served on SAAC last school year. The 20-year-old was killed in a traffic accident four months ago near his hometown of Mountain View, Wyo.
“We don’t want the legacy of Jonny to be forgotten,” SAAC Adviser Kris Mort said. “He’s shown great leadership skills. He approached me as a freshman and asked about my role as the SAAC adviser.
“He would always stop in and see me. Anytime we needed help (with a SAAC event), Jonny was always there.”
Mesa baseball player Marty Rover was selected as the first recipient by Mort and Mesa Athletic Director Butch Miller.
“It means a lot,” Rover said. “To represent Jonny is an honor.”
Rover didn’t start serving on SAAC until this fall, but met Maxfield in a class two years ago.
“He always sat in front of the class and always had a smile on his face,” Rover said. “The other thing I remember about him, no one ever said a bad word about him.”
Rover will receive a $1,500 scholarship. The money was raised by SAAC.
He will also be responsible for organizing an Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America Inc., program.
“We put in our milepost proposal (Wednesday), and we sign the contract next week,” Rover said. “It should be an interesting process. We’ll have all the athletes from each team do it. We’ll clean (the one-mile section of highway) four times a year. It was Butch Miller’s idea. It will give the athletic program good exposure.”
Rover said the milepost will be between De Beque Canyon and Parachute.
Rover, a senior, is the SAAC vice president. He is studying math and hopes to teach and coach baseball.