ACC announces 2008 Postgraduate Scholarship recipients
Four Hokies honored
February 19, 2008

Forty Atlantic Coast Conference scholar-athletes, including four from Virginia Tech, have been named recipients of postgraduate scholarships, as announced by Commissioner John D. Swofford. The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are given to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate-level degree following graduation. Each recipient will receive $5,000 to use towards his or her graduate education. Student-athletes receiving the award have performed with distinction in both the classroom and in their respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, six student-athletes will receive Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Awards. These students will be recognized for their outstanding performance in both athletic competition and the classroom throughout their collegiate careers and intend to compete at the Olympic or professional level.

Virginia Tech's Jennifer Albrecht (volleyball), Jessica Botzum (swimming & diving) and Mary Elizabeth Newton (soccer) are Weaver-James-Corrigan Award recipients, while Angela Tincher (softball) is one of six recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James as well as Gene Corrigan, all former ACC commissioners. The league's first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954 to 1970 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake ForestUniversity. 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 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 on 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 post-graduate studies at an ACC institution.

The 40 student-athletes will be honored April 16, 2008, in Greensboro, N.C., at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club. The luncheon will be held at the Koury Convention Center.

Weaver-James-Corrigan Award Recipients are as follows: Boston College - Abigail Hasebroock (volleyball), Kia McNeill (soccer), Caitlyn Young (field hockey); Clemson - Cliff Hammonds (basketball), Elizabeth Jobe (soccer); Duke - Patrick Bailey (football), Alexis Hausfeld (volleyball); Florida State - Kandia Batchelor (track & field), Whitney Brummett (golf), Abbie King (swimming & diving); Georgia Tech- David Herren (track & field, cross country), Kristi Miller (tennis), Taylor Narewski (track & field); Maryland - Oluwatoni Aluko (track & field), Beth Gillming (volleyball), Gretchen Kittelberger (gymnastics); Miami - Jonathan Stratton (basketball); North Carolina - Ariel Harris (soccer), Tyra Johnson (track & field), Heather Kendell (field hockey); NC State - Chris Kollar (cross country), Luke Lathan (football); Virginia - Mary Eddy (rowing), Sarah Kirkwood (volleyball), Rebecca Sauerbrunn (soccer); Virginia Tech - Jennifer Albrecht (volleyball), Jessica Botzum (swimming & diving), Mary Elizabeth Newton (soccer); Wake Forest - Caitlin Chrisman (track & field), Ben Hunter (baseball), Julian Valentin (soccer).

Jim and Pat Thacker Award Recipients are as follows: Clemson - Meghan Steiner (volleyball); Duke - Anthony McDevitt (lacrosse); NC State - John Crews (cross country).

Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award Recipients are as follows: Duke - Jennifer Pandolfi (golf); Maryland - Crystal Langhorne (basketball); North Carolina - Rachel Dawson (field hockey); NC State - Stephen Hauschka (football); Virginia - Michael Thomas Santi, Jr. (football); Virginia Tech - Angela Tincher (softball).