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Trio Selected for ACC Postgraduate Scholarships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/28/2019
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today a list of 52 student-athletes who have been selected as 2019 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award recipients. 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.

Duke’s Virginia Elena Carta, Mitch Finesilver and Kayla McCoy were named Weaver-James-Corrigan Award recipients.

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.

In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, nine student-athletes will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award. 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.

Carta was the 2016 NCAA Individual Champion as well as the Honda Sports Award for Golf - National Player of the Year that season. A native of Udine, Italy, Carta won her first collegiate event at the NCAA Championship by posting a NCAA-record 16-under-par ledger with rounds of 69, 68, 66 and 69 for a NCAA-record 272. Carta has also represented Europe in the Vagliano Trophy and competed in the championship match of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Most recently, the three-time WGCA Scholar All-American received an invitation to play in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. 

A three-time ACC runner-up and three-time NCAA qualifier, Finesilver has made his mark on the Duke wrestling program. A native of Greenwood Village, Colo., Finesilver is on track to become just the second four-time NCAA qualifier in program history. He is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member and earned a 4.0 GPA during the 2018 fall semester. The February 26 ACC Wrestler of the Week is 26-3 overall on the year and finished the dual season with a perfect 10-0 mark. Finesilver sports a 10-3 mark against top 20 foes and owns 88 career victories heading into postseason action.

A second round selection in the 2019 NWSL College Draft by the Houston Dash, McCoy was named All-ACC First Team, a United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American and First Team Scholar All-American and earned a spot on the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team in 2018. The Lincolnwood, Ill., product became the fifth Duke player to be named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and finished her Duke career ranked third with 15-career game-winning goals, fourth with 38 scores and 92 points and fifth with five multi-goal performances. She was also one of the most decorated Blue Devils in NCAA Tournament history, finishing second in program history in postseason play with 18 points, third with seven goals and tied for seventh with four assists.

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, N.C.