Wake Forest Trio Awarded 2014 ACC Postgraduate Scholarships
Katie Stengel finished her Demon Deacon career as the school's all-time leader in goals (50) and points (125).

March 14, 2014

By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@DemonDeacons)

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Aubrey Bledsoe, Katie Stengel and Evan Stephens have been honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference as 2014 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship recipients as announced by the conference office.

The Demon Deacon trio was among 44 student-athletes recognized by the conference for their excellence on the field as well as in the classroom. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward his or her graduate education on behalf of the ACC.

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. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

The all-time leader in shutouts for the Demon Deacons, Bledsoe wrapped up her career with a 57-25-12 record with 33 clean sheets in 94 starts. Perhaps her most defining moment on the field came as she stonewalled Maryland in a penalty shootout of the 2010 ACC Championship Match to hand Wake Forest its first ever conference championship in women's soccer. Off the field, Bledsoe was a four-time All-ACC Academic Team selection in addition to earning back-to-back Academic All-American accolades. Through the 2013 fall semester, she had posted a 3.88 cumulative GPA, the highest on the squad, and will graduate with a degree in health and exercise science.

Stengel completed her storied career as a Demon Deacon as the top scorer in program history with 50 goals and 125 points. She was named the 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year and certainly lived up to expectations, being named an All-ACC First Teamer three times and a Second Teamer after her senior season. Stengel is also one of just three Demon Deacons to earn All-American honors three times, being a First Teamer in 2011 and a Second Teamer in 2010 and 2012. She also earned All-ACC Academic accolades in each of her four years. Like Bledsoe, Stengel will also graduate with a degree in health and exercise science.

Stephens, a native of Lexington, Ky., has appeared in 137 games with 107 starts over the last four seasons for the Demon Deacons. The senior has racked up 42 RBIs and 32 stolen bases to go along with a .449 on-base percentage and a stellar .986 fielding percentage in his career. Off the field, Stephens was the recipient of the 2012-13 Edwin G. Wilson Scholar-Athlete of the Year award that honors the most outstanding Wake Forest athletes for academic excellence. He also earned Academic All-District awards following the 2012 and 2013 seasons. One of only two baseball recipients of the scholarship, Stephens will graduate with a degree in finance.

Wake Forest's 2013 recipients of the prestigious awards were Andrea Beck (volleyball), Lizzie Rae (field hockey) and Evan Beck (men's golf) while Jackie Logue (women's soccer) was presented with the Thacker Award.

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