Four Wolfpackers Honored Among 2014 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
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.
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.
Fabian Otte | Sport Management | MSOC | Meunster, Germany (Honorary)
About the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award
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.