GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Thursday a list of 52 student-athletes who have been selected as 2019 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award recipients. Volleyball’s Brianne Burkert, Soccer’s Dallas Dorosy and Softball’s Meghan King have all been named ACC Postgraduate Scholars.
Since 1994, Florida State has had 58 student-athletes recognized as ACC Postgraduate Scholars.
This year’s list includes three student-athletes who will also receive the Thacker Award and nine student-athletes who plan to pursue professional careers in their chosen sports and were named honorary recipients.
The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 10. The luncheon will be hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro, North Carolina.
A native of Richardson, Texas and a Public Relations major, Burkert has been a standout setter for the Seminoles for four years. She was a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient, and took on the role of the President of FSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) for the 2018-19 academic year. She was also named to the 2018 Homecoming Court, and acts as the Director for Outreach for FSU’s student-run Mental Health Council. She became the first player at Florida State to record multiple kill-assist-dig triple-doubles in 2017, and she led the team in assists for three consecutive seasons. She leaves FSU with the fifth-most career assists in program history (2,963), which ranks as the third-most in the rally scoring era.
Dorosy has been a top example of a student-athlete while at Florida State, helping lead the FSU soccer program to ACC Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and earning the 2018 NCAA National Championship. Over her four-year career, she played in 87 matches for the Garnet and Gold and scored 47 points on 20 goals and seven assists. She became just the second player ever to score five points (on two goals and an assist) against North Carolina in their storied 40-year history, as she carried the Seminoles to a 3-2 victory in the 2018 ACC Championship Game. She also scored the game-winning goal in the NCAA National Championship game as Florida State earned its second national title. Overall, she finished second on the team with seven goals, with five goals in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments – all against ranked teams – to earn College Cup Most Outstanding Player on Offense honors. She was named to the Dean’s List in both the Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 semesters as she finishes her studies with a degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science.
King has excelled both on the field and in the classroom during her time at Florida State. She has been named to the All-ACC First Team in all three seasons so far, and a two-time NFCA All-Region member. She was named to the WCWS All-Tournament team as she led the Seminoles to the 2018 National Championship with a 4-0 record, a 0.20 ERA and a save during the 2018 Women’s College World Series. The redshirt senior is pursuing a degree in Family and Child Sciences and currently holds a 3.428 GPA and has been selected to the All-ACC Academic Team three times. She did a practicum with Pediatria Healthcare For Kids during the Fall 2018 semester where she worked with young children with various medical disabilities and helped with their care. Now in 2019, she is collaborating with the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare’s Children’s Center to develop an Adopt-A-Patient Program, where each athletic team at Florida State “adopts” a patient at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare for one year. She worked with lawyers to draft legal documents to set guidelines for both the patient and the teams. On the field, King has started out the 2019 season with a perfect 8-0 record and a 0.79 with 56 strikeouts over 44.1 innings as opponents are batting just .149 against her. For her career, she holds a 86-14 record with a 1.60 ERA and nine saves. The nine saves are tied for the FSU record, while her 86 wins in the circle are fifth-most in program history.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 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.
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 awarded 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.
Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.