February 10, 2016
Three Hokies earn ACC Postgraduate Scholarships
Kahoun, Meier and McGoldrick awarded league scholarships

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Three Virginia Tech student-athletes were among 43 student-athletes in the Atlantic Coast Conference honored by league commissioner John Swofford on Wednesday as recipients of the 2016 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award. The three Tech recipients are Carol Kahoun, Ashley Meier, Kylie McGoldrick.

The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club and presented by ESPN on April 13 at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro.

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

The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, the first three ACC commissioners.

Carol Kahoun - Women’s Tennis; Human Nutrition, Foods, Exercise/Psychology; Visp, Switzerland
Carol Kahoun was a member of the Virginia Tech women's tennis teams for three seasons before joining the coaching staff as a student assistant. She accumulated 32 dual-match victories, and a 16-8 doubles record in her career, earning the team's MVP in 2014. The Visp, Switzerland native has earned All-ACC Academic honors, as well as ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition. Kahoun was the recipient of the ITA Atlantic Region Arthur Ashe, Jr. Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership for her work in the community, including time spent working with the Montgomery County Christmas Store, American Cancer Society and the Virginia Tech Relay for Life planning committee. Kahoun earned ACC Top Six for Service recognition and served as the Virginia Tech SAAC president.

Ashley Meier - Women’s Soccer; Human Development; Strongsville, Ohio
Ashley Meier, a native of Strongsville, Ohio, was a four-year starter for the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team. She is the Hokies’ second all-time leading scorer, with 73 points and is second in career goals, with 30. She is a three-time NSCAA All-Southeast Region second team selection. She was a 2015 All-ACC first team selection, to go along with being a three-time All-ACC second team selection. She made the 2012 ACC All-Freshman team. Meier is a three-time ACC All-Academic team selection and a two-time ACC Honor Roll selection ('13, '14). She was named to Dean's List in Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012. She was a second team 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 selection. She competed with the U.S. Soccer U23 team in the summer of 2015. She has also completed 144 hours at the Carilion New River Medical Center, shadowing pediatric occupational therapists. Meier is an undergraduate researcher in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech. She has worked with Special Olympics in the New River Valley, along with volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and Micah’s Backpack organizations. She has also volunteered with Falling Waters Health Care Center, working with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

Kylie McGoldrick - Softball; Marketing Management; Stratford, N.J.
A four-time all-state and Academic All-ACC softball team member, Kylie McGoldrick was a four-year starter for the Virginia Tech softball team. The 2015 team MVP ranks top-10 in numerous program records. McGoldrick earned a cumulative .318 batting average with 30 home runs, third in program history, and 400 assists, fifth-most in program history. In addition to standing out on the field, McGoldrick, with the help of her family, founded “17K Diamond For All” in the summer of 2009. The foundation has coordinated numerous drives to collect softball and baseball equipment to be donated to local communities.

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