Three Tar Heels Earn ACC Post-Graduate Scholarships
Release: 03/06/2014
Three North Carolina student-athletes have been named recipients of 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarships, recognizing outstanding academic and athletic achievement. Tar Heels Meredith Hoover (women's swimming), Michelle Ikoma (gymnastics) and Kelly McFarlane (women's soccer) earned the prestigious honor, which includes a $5,000 scholarship to be used for graduate studies.

Hoover, from Concord, N.C., is majoring in romance languages. She is the UNC and ACC record holder in the 200-yard butterfly and earned All-America honors in 2013.

She was a College Swimming Coaches Association of America first-team Scholar All-America honoree in 2012-13.

Ikoma, from Naperville, Ill., is working toward a double major in exercise & sport science and business administration. A team captain as a senior, she returned from a torn Achilles suffered in her sophomore year to establish career bests and earn second-team All-EAGL honors on uneven bars. A Phi Beta Kappa inductee, she serves as co-president of UNC's Student-Athlete Advisory Council and has been awarded the 2014 Wells Fargo postgraduate scholarship.

McFarlane, from Mill Valley, Calif., is majoring in health policy and management. A four-year starter for the Tar Heels, she played in all 92 matches during her career and is the first player in more than a decade not to have missed a single game. A two-time All-ACC Academic honoree, she helped the Tar Heels to an NCAA title in 2012.  She received the AUPHA/McGaw Undergraduate Scholarship Award in the Gillings School of Global Public Health

All three are 2013-14 recipients of the Tar Heel Leader of Distinction Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy.

The conference honored a total of 50 student-athlete, representing all 15 ACC schools. For the full list and more information on the award and its history, click here:!/news-detail/ACC-Recognizes-2014-Postgraduate-Scholarship-Recipients_02-25-14_3itj5k

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