Three Terps Earn ACC Postgraduate Scholarships

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference has selected Mary Cushman (Volleyball), Brett Harman (Baseball) and Nikki Maier (Softball) for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award for 2014.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Tuesday a list of 44 student-athletes who have been selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, including three student-athletes who will receive the Thacker Award. An additional six student-athletes who plan to enter a professional career in their chosen sport were named honorary recipients.

"Brett, Mary and Nikki represent what it means to be a student-athlete at the University of Maryland," director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. "Their hard work and dedication both in the classroom and on the field serve as a shining example for all of us. They have an extremely bright future and will go on to serve our community proudly.”

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 $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. 

The award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan. All three are former ACC commissioners.

The 50 student-athletes will be honored at the annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 16, 2014, in the Guilford Ballroom at the Sheraton Greensboro at the Four Seasons.

Mary Cushman; Maryland; Family Science; Volleyball, Rochester, N.Y.

Cushman finished as one of just two players in program history to total 1,300 career kills and 750 digs, overcoming a partially torn rotator cuff her senior season. Cushman ranks fourth on the Maryland charts in kills (1,344) and second in total attacks. On the academic side, she recently became the first player in program history to be named Academic All-ACC four times. Cushman is also Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, in addition to volunteering with the Let’s Move! Campaign and Alternative Spring Break.

Brett Harman; Maryland; Kinesiology; Baseball; Westminster, Md.

A three-time Academic All-ACC selection and member of the Capital One Academic All-District 2 team as a senior in 2012, Harman departed Maryland tied for second all-time in career strikeouts (254) and tied for fifth in career wins (16). As a senior, Harman posted a 3.04 ERA, which ranked 15th in the ACC, and struck out 91 batters as a junior in 2011, which is the ninth-highest single-season total in school history. Harman was the recipient of Maryland baseball’s Academic Achievement Award for the 2010-11 season for being the junior or senior with the highest GPA.

Nikki Maier; Maryland; Kinesiology; Softball; Orange, Conn.

Nikki Maier was a true everything player for the Terrapins in her career, starting 149 of 173 games played in the infield, in the outfield, and as a power hitter. She hit .256 for her career with 89 RBI. Nikki had a knack for hitting in big time games, picking up home runs against numerous ranked teams. She helped lead the Terrapins to three straight NCAA Regionals appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Nikki was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2012 and the ACC Honor Roll in her career.