Tech Trio Earns ACC Postgraduate Scholarships
Heidi Hatteberg receives prestigious Thacker Ward; Golfer James White also honored
Feb. 13, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Georgia Tech's Heidi Hatteberg (swimming), Kate Kuzma (softball) and Viet Ha Ngo (tennis) were three of 36 Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes selected Monday to receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award.
Each recipient will receive $5,000 to contribute to their graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and his/her respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford also announced that Hatteberg is one of three ACC student-athletes who will receive the Thacker Award. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through postgraduate studies at an ACC institution.
Yellow Jacket golfer James White was also honored by the league office Monday. White was one of six ACC student-athletes selected as Honorary Weaver-James-Corrigan Award winners, which goes annually to those who excel on and off the field, but will pursue a career in professional sports. White was joined by two men's basketball players - Clemson's Tanner Smith and North Carolina's Tyler Zeller - along with Duke football player Matt Daniels, NC State baseball player Phillip Williams, and Virginia women's tennis player Lindsey Hardenbergh.
Hatteberg, an aerospace engineering major from Louisville (Ky.), is one of the most-decorated athletes in the brief history of the Tech women's swimming program. She'll compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 backstroke.
Kuzma, a management/marketing major from Sharpsburg (Ga.), started all 57 games as a junior last season and was named second team All-ACC.
Ngo, an economics & international affairs major from Hanoi, Vietnam, went 11-3 in singles last fall and helped lead Georgia Tech to an ACC title in 2010.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, all of whom are former 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 of 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.
The 42 student-athletes will be honored at the annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 11, 2012, in the Guilford Ballroom at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at the Four Seasons.
2012 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award Recipients
2012 ACC Postgraduate Honorary Nominees