Four Cavalier Student-Athletes Honored by ACC
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A total of four student-athletes from Virginia are among 41 individuals recognized by the Atlantic Coast Conference as recipients of postgraduate scholarships, as announced by commissioner John. D. Swofford.
Men’s golf athlete Will Collins, women’s soccer athlete Meghan Lenczyk and women’s swimming athlete Liz Shaw were among 36 ACC student-athletes to earn the Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarships. The 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 receiving the postgraduate scholarship, Virginia men’s swimming & diving athlete Scot Robison was one of five honorary recipients of the Weaver-James- Corrigan Honorary Awards. Each recipient was chosen based on his or her distinction in the classroom and 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, 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 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 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 41 student-athletes will be honored on April 13, 2011 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C., at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club.