Four NC State student-athletes have been named recipients of the ACC’s postgraduate scholarship - the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award: Patrick Campbell (cross country/track & field), Megan Cyr (volleyball), Mike Glennon (football) and Marissa Kastanek (women’s basketball).
The Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarship is awarded to selected student-athletes – three from each league institution – who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 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.
Campbell, Cyr and Kastanek will receive $5,000 to contribute to their graduate education. In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, Glennon will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award, recognizing his outstanding academic and athletic performance although he intends to compete at the professional level.
Since 1997, NC State has produced more postgraduate award and honorary award winners than any other school in the ACC, a total of 58 including the four from this year.
Here are the four honored from NC State:
Patrick Campbell; Biological Sciences; Cross Country and Track & Field; Mooresville, N.C.
As a member of NC State’s 2009 and 2011 ACC Cross Country Championship teams, Campbell earned All-NCAA Southeast Region honors those same seasons.
He was named to the 2009 All-ACC team following his eighth-place finish at the 2009 ACC Cross Country Championship with a time of 23:35.1, while helping NC State to the ACC Championship. In 2011, Campbell finished 15th at the ACC Championship with a time of 23:56.5 to help the Wolfpack to its second ACC crown in three years. On the track, Campbell posted a top 10 finish in five different ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championship races. He placed sixth in the 5,000-meter run at the 2012 ACC Indoor Championships.
He qualified for the 2012 NCAA East Regional Championships in the 10,000-meter during the outdoor season after a fifth-place finish in that event at the ACC Championships with a 29:43.56 time.
Megan Cyr; Interpersonal Communication; Volleyball; St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada
In her three seasons at NC State, setter Megan Cyr was a constant contributor to the Wolfpack’s volleyball team. She played in every point for 96 matches and 357 sets, posting at least 1,000 assists each year.
She finished her career with 3,660 assists, which ranks as the third most in school history. The 6-foot-1 setter from St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada, also had a three-year attack average of .358, which ranks as the second best in school history.
A transfer from Colorado who arrived as part of head coach Bryan Bunn’s first recruiting class, Cyr helped transform a Wolfpack program that was perennially near the bottom of the ACC standings to back-to-back 20-win seasons and its first berth into the NCAA Championships in 25 years. As a senior, she earned All-ACC honors and was an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.
In addition, she was a stellar performer in the classroom, earning a grade-point average above 3.5 in interpersonal communication with a minor in journalism. She was also one of four Wolfpack players selected for the 2012 volleyball All-Academic ACC squad.
Mike Glennon; Liberal Arts; Football; Centreville, Va. (Honorary)
Glennon, in 26 career starts, became the first player in NC State history to throw for 30 or more touchdowns in two different seasons.
He has 63 TD passes for his career ranking him third in school history, trailing only Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson, and 10th in ACC history.
Passing for 4,031 yards in 2012, Glennon reached the second-highest mark in school history behind Rivers’ 4,491 and the fourth-highest mark in ACC history. In his career, Glennon ranked fourth in school history in passing yards with 7,411, third in completions with 646 and fourth in attempts with 1,069. He led the league in passing with 310 yards per game, ranking him 11th nationally.
His career completion percentage of .604 is the second-best mark in Wolfpack history while his career passing efficiency mark of 132.31 ranks fourth.
In the classroom, Glennon earned his master’s degree in liberal arts in December at NC State.
Marissa Kastanek; Psychology; Basketball; Lincoln, Neb.
Four-year starter Marissa Kastanek, a 2012 Academic All-American and the ACC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, will finish her career ranked among the top-10 scorers in Wolfpack program history, and one of the most accomplished three-point shooters in league history. Kastanek was a Freshman All-American and the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2010 after leading the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament.
Kastanek is involved with Camp Pack, a leadership-mentoring program at AB Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, and is a regular speaker and volunteer at other local schools.
The 41 student-athletes will be honored at the annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 17, 2013, in the Guilford Ballroom at the Sheraton Greensboro at the Four Seasons.
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 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.