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ACC recognizes 2011 Postgraduate Scholarship recipients

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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Greensboro, NC - Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced a list of 36 student-athletes who have been selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, including three student-athletes who will receive the Thacker Award. Additionally, five student-athletes who plan to enter a professional career in their chosen sport were named honorary recipients.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes - three from each league institution - who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 to contribute to their graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and his/her respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, five student-athletes will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award. Two track & field performers - Clemson's Patricia Mamona and Florida State's Charles Clark - along with Duke basketball player Jasmine Thomas, Georgia Tech baseball player Zachary Brewster and Virginia swimmer Scot Robison will be recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic performance and intend to compete at the professional level.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, all of whom are former ACC commissioners. The league's first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954-70 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.

Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served in that capacity for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.

Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner of September 1, 1987, and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan's tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA championships and two national football titles.

Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James postgraduate scholarships were given as separate honors. The Jim Weaver Award, which originated in 1970, recognized exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom, while the Bob James Award, established in 1987, also honored outstanding student-athletes.

The Thacker Award, which originated in 2005, is awarded in honor of the late Jim and Pat Thacker of Charlotte, N.C. Jim Thacker was the primary play-by-play announcer for the ACC's first television network. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through postgraduate studies at an ACC institution.

The 41 student-athletes will be honored on April 13, 2011 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C., at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club.

 

2011 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award Recipients

Name
Institution
Major
Sport
Hometown

Caitlin Bailey
Boston College
Biology
CC / Track & Field
Oakville, Ontario

John Maloy
Boston College
English
Swimming
Wildwood Crest, N.J.

Carolyn Swords
Boston College
Communication
Basketball
Sudbury, Mass.

Stephanie Buffo
Clemson
Health Science
CC / Track & Field
Spartanburg, S.C.

Elizabeth Savage
Clemson
Chemical Engineering
Swimming & Diving
Irmo, S.C.

Michael Wade
Clemson
Financial Management
Football
Greer, S.C.

Sarah Bullard
Duke
Sociology
Lacrosse
Needham, Mass.

Dorian Cohen
Duke
Evolutionary Anthropology
Fencing
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Reka Zsilinszka
Duke
History
Tennis
Fayetteville, N.C.

Gonzalo Barroilhet *
Florida State
Management
Track & Field
Santiago, Chile

Federica Suess
Florida State
Hospitality Management
Tennis
Ludwigshafen, Germany

Christian Hunnicutt
Florida State
Comm. Sci. & Disorders
Basketball
Jonesboro, Ga.

Hannah Krimm
Georgia Tech
Psychology
Diving
Upper Arlington, Ohio

Travis Wagner
Georgia Tech
Biology & Spanish
Swimming
Canton, Ohio

Jennifer Yee
Georgia Tech
Materials Science Engineering
Softball
North Delta, B.C., Can.

Kathleen Gallagher
Maryland
Community Health
Lacrosse
Pennsauken, N.J.

Greg Kelsey
Maryland
Kinesiological Science
CC / Track & Field
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Alicia Morawski
Maryland
Marketing / Operations Mgt.
Field Hockey
Grosse Pointe, Mich.

Brittney Macdonald
Miami
Biology
Soccer
Littleton, Colo.

Deidre Novotny
Miami
Finance
Swimming
Palm Harbor, Fla.

Brittany Viola
Miami
Comm. Broadcast/Sports Admin.
Swimming & Diving
Orlando, Fla.

Riley Foster
North Carolina
Exercise & Sport Science
Field Hockey
Fort Worth, Texas

Meredith Newton
North Carolina
Biology/AB Psychology
Lacrosse
Severna Park, Md.

Mateo Sossah
North Carolina
Business Administration
Track & Field
Mons-en-Baroeul, France

Lucas Carpenter
NC State
Sport Management
Soccer
Apex, N.C.

Brittany Strachan
NC State
Computer Science
Basketball
Kernersville, N.C.

Brittany Vontz
NC State
Biological Sciences
Gymnastics
Lincoln, Neb.

Will Collins
Virginia
Kinesiology
Golf
Salisbury, N.C.

Meghan Lenczyk
Virginia
Psychology
Soccer
McLean, Va.

Liz Shaw
Virginia
Psychology
Swimming
Richmond, Va.

Pedro Graber *
Virginia Tech
Industrial Systems Engineering
Tennis
Santiago, Chile

Jennifer Harvey
Virginia Tech
Chemistry
Soccer
Roanoke, Va.

Kelly Phillips
Virginia Tech
Biological Sciences
Track & Field
Blacksburg, Va.

Iain Atkinson *
Wake Forest
Business
Tennis
Washington, England

Casey Luckhurst
Wake Forest
Economics
Soccer
Boca Raton, Fla.

Kristen White
Wake Forest
Health & Exercise Science
Volleyball
Harrison, Ohio

* Thacker Award Recipient

Honorary Recipients

Name
Institution
Major
Sport
Hometown

Patricia Mamona
Clemson
Health Science
Track & Field
Lisbon, Portugal

Jasmine Thomas
Duke
Sociology
Basketball
Fairfax, Va.

Charles Clark
Florida State
Sport Management
Track & Field
Virginia Beach, Va.

Zachary Brewster
Georgia Tech
Management
Baseball
Murrayville, Ga.

Scot Robison
Virginia
Environmental
Swimming & Diving
Charlotte, N.C.

 
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