April 24, 2008
In February, Florida State’s Kandia Batchelor (track & field), Whitney Brummett (golf) and Abbie King (swimming & diving) were three of 41 Atlantic Coast Conference scholar-athletes named recipients of postgraduate scholarships, as announced by Commissioner John D. Swofford. On Wednesday, April 16th, those individuals were honored in Greensboro, N.C., at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club at the Koury Convention Center.
Following lunch and video presentations with interviews featuring the recipients, the honorees were brought up one by one to the stage and presented with plaques by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
“Since I have been in this job, and this is my 11th year, I don’t think there is any event that takes place during the course of the year that I look forward to more,” Swofford said, “and I say that because this event truly showcases what the Atlantic Coast Conference stands for and I think that, in a nutshell, is a balance of academics, athletics and integrity. These 41 student-athletes stand for all that is good in intercollegiate athletics and I know I speak for all 12 of our institutions when I express to them how proud we are of you. Thank you for how you represent yourselves, your families, the tremendous institutions that you represent, the Atlantic Coast Conference and all of intercollegiate athletics.”
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.
Batchelor is a team captain for the Florida State women’s track and field team who is majoring in business. She was selected to the 2007 USTFCCCA Division I Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Team and named to the Dean’s List in 2006. An All-ACC Academic Team honoree and three-time ACC Champion, she served as a delegate at the National Conference for Community and Justice. She was awarded the Femina Perfecta honor by her team in 2007 and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.
Brummett is a four-year starter at Florida State who has played in one NCAA Championship, two NCAA Regionals and three ACC Championships during her career. She has helped Florida State earn three tournament championships and has earned four individual top-10 finishes. Brummett, who is majoring in political science, was named to the National Golf Coaches Association Scholar Athlete Team in 2006 and 2007 and has been named to the Dean’s List at Florida State six times and the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll three times. She was also named a Top 6 Community Service honoree by the ACC as a sophomore.
King was an Academic All-America honoree and an All-ACC Academic Team member in both 2006 and 2007. Selected to the ACC Academic Honor Roll three times, she is also a two-time President’s List honoree and a three-time member of the Dean’s List. King, a two-time ACC Champion, earned Honorable Mention All-American status in 2007 as part of Florida State’s 200 medley relay team that finished in 11th place at the NCAA Championships.
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 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.