ACC Recognizes 2011 Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients

Feb. 18, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today 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.