February 18, 2016
Virginia Tech student-athletes excel in the classroom
Fifteen of 20 teams achieved a 3.0 GPA or better during the fall semester

BLACKSBURG – During the fall 2015 semester, Virginia Tech student-athletes excelled in the classroom and in the field of competition. Out of 558 student-athletes on Virginia Tech rosters this past fall, 53 percent of them earned a 3.0 or better grade-point average during the fall semester and half of those student-athletes maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

In total, 167 student-athletes made the Fall 2015 Dean’s List and and 19 registered a 4.0 GPA for the semester. The average team fall 2015 semester GPA was a 3.09 and the average team cumulative GPA was a 3.06. Seventy-five percent (15 of 20) Virginia Tech teams achieved a 3.0 or greater fall semester GPA and 13 teams maintained a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA.

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford recently announced the 45 student-athletes who have been selected for the 2015 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, and three Virginia Tech student-athletes will receive these prestigious postgraduate scholarships.

Carol Kahoun of the women’s tennis team, Ashley Meier of the women’s soccer squad and Kylie McGoldrick of the softball squad have been awarded the Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarships, which are presented to exemplary student-athletes who intend to pursue, or are pursuing, a graduate degree following completion of his/her undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward a graduate education. They have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

Carol Kahoun – Women’s Tennis

Major: human nutrition, foods and exercise; and psychology

Hometown: 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 last spring for her final year. She accumulated 32 dual-match victories and a 16-8 doubles record in her career, earning the team's MVP honor in 2014. She 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. She earned ACC Top Six for Service recognition and served as the Virginia Tech SAAC president.

Ashley Meier – Women’s Soccer

Major: human development

Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio

Ashley Meier was a four-year starter for the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team. She wrapped up her career as the Hokies’ second all-time leading scorer with 73 points and finished 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 (2013-14). She was named to Dean's List in the Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, and 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 also has completed 144 hours at the Carilion New River Medical Center, shadowing pediatric occupational therapists and 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

Major: marketing management

Hometown: Stratford, New Jersey

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 finished her career in the top 10 in numerous career categories. She hit .318 for her career, with 30 home runs, third in program history. In the field, she had 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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