Feb. 25, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three NC State student-athletes have been named Atlantic Coast Conference postgraduate scholarship recipients, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon. An additional NC State student-athlete has been named an honorary recipient of the award.
Kody Burke (women’s basketball), Brie Merriwether (volleyball), and Meagan Proper (women’s soccer) each earned the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship. Fabian Otte (men’s soccer) was named a recipient of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award as one of six conference student-athletes who plans to enter a professional career in his chosen sport.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship is 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.
Since the beginning of the ACC postgraduate scholarship program, NC State has more award winners than any other league school.
Kody Burke | Business Administration | WBB | Northridge, Calif.
A four-year starter on the NC State women’s basketball team, Burke is the definition of a student-athlete. She is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team, and currently ranks 14th in NC State women’s basketball history with 1,531 career points. Burke also holds notable spots in the Wolfpack record book in career blocks (2nd, 191) and rebounds (10th, 798). She is the only player in school history to record three straight seasons of 50 or more blocks and has recorded 16 double-doubles throughout her career. Burke has managed to achieve all of this while maintaining a career GPA of 3.937.
Brie Merriwether| Biological Sciences | VBALL | Orlando, Fla.
During her time in a Wolfpack uniform, Brie Merriwether was a three-time All-ACC Academic Team selection, two-time Capital One Academic All-District III Team honoree and garnered Capital One Academic All-America accolades as a senior. The Orlando, Fla., native led the team in blocks as a starting middle blocker her junior (96) and senior (123) campaigns. She was also a team captain during her third and fourth seasons. Merriwether completed her career with 379 career blocks, which ranks as the eighth best in Wolfpack history. The Wolfpack alumna is currently in chiropractic school at Life University in Georgia.
Meagan Proper | Sport Management | WSOC | Garner, N.C.
A regular starter for the Wolfpack throughout her career, Meagan Proper is a two-time ACC All-Academic Team selection. The native of Garner, N.C., played a total of 75 matches at defense for NC State, scoring one goal and distributing 12 assists. Proper’s one career goal came at the most opportune time, as it was during a win over ranked Wake Forest in the final match of her career. She was named to the College Soccer 360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for the week of Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, 2013, for her role in this victory over the No. 23 Demon Deacons. Proper earned a 3.889 GPA throughout her college career.
Fabian Otte | Sport Management | MSOC | Meunster, Germany (Honorary)
Recognized as an ACC All-Academic student-athlete in all three seasons at NC State, Fabian Otte was a mainstay in goal for the Pack during a period of unprecedented program growth. Otte was the starting ‘keeper in 52 of 56 career games played, leading NC State as high as No. 14 in the national rankings during the 2013 season. The native of Germany finished his career ranked tied for seventh in Wolfpack history with 13 shutouts, the last being a 92-minute clean sheet in a 1-0 win at No. 10 UNC in the final match of his collegiate career.
About the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award
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. 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 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 50 student-athletes will be honored at the annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 16, 2014, in the Guilford Ballroom at the Sheraton Greensboro at the Four Seasons.