Three Deacons Awarded ACC Postgraduate Scholarships

Feb. 18, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest student-athletes Iain Atkinson (men's tennis), Casey Luckhurst (women's soccer) and Kristen White (volleyball) have been awarded ACC postgraduate scholarships, as announced by the conference Friday. All three received the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, while Atkinson was one of three student-athletes in the conference to receive the Thacker Award.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are 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 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.

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 postgraduate studies at an ACC institution.

Atkinson has won 88 total matches as a member of the men's tennis team and has been ranked as high as No. 12 nationally in doubles and No. 41 in singles. The Washington, England native is serving as co-captain of the Wake Forest men's tennis team in his senior season. In 2010, he was named an ITA Doubles All-American after reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Tournament. Atkinson, who is majoring in business and enterprise management, made the All-ACC Academic Team in 2010. He has volunteered with the Eat With the Deacs program at Lexington Middle School. Atkinson is majoring in business and enterprise management.

Luckhurst played in 74 games for the women's soccer team, including every game of her senior season, totaling six goals and 13 points. In 2009 she made the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week after scoring three goals in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Luckhurst was named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Second Team and is a three-time member of the ACC Honor Roll. She has made the Deans' List in every semester at Wake Forest and has one of the highest GPAs on the women's soccer team. Luckhurst is majoring in economics.

Kristen, a native of Harrison, Ohio, was a four-year starter for the Wake Forest volleyball team. She was named Team MVP by her coaches and teammates as a junior in 2009 and finished her career ranked in the Top 10 in several categories. White finished 3rd in attack attempts (3,285), 8th in sets played (402), 9th in digs (1,000), 9th in points (1,094.5), 10th in kills (920) and 10th in aces (76). Also a contributor in the classroom, White has been named to the ACC Honor Roll. In addition, she has also been involved in several community service activities throughout her career. In 2010 alone, she volunteered at Ultimate Money Skills, Athletes Supporting Athletes, Project Pumpkin, Fundraiser for Melanoma Research, Brenner Hospital Visit and Campus Kitchen Meal Delivery. White is majoring in health and exercise science.

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