Ella Nelson, Nyls Korstanje Among 53 Honored By ACC With Postgraduate Scholarships

The ACC has selected 53 student-athletes to receive postgraduate scholarship awards, including six swimmers and one diver.

The athletes will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford and Jim and Pat Thacker Postgraduate Scholarship Awards, which are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements.

Among the recipients are University of Virginia star Ella Nelson, who recently committed to swimming a fifth year with the Cavaliers, and NC State male sprinter Nyls Korstanje.

Nelson, a Kinesiology major, played an integral part to UVA’s third straight women’s national title this past season, placing second in the 400 IM, third in the 200 breast and fourth in the 200 IM at the 2023 NCAA Championships.

Korstanje, who majors in Sustainable Materials and Technology, was a critical player on the Wolfpack relays this past season and also earned big points individually by placing seventh in the 100 fly and ninth in the 50 free at the Men’s NCAA Championships.

Korstanje has yet to indicate whether or not he’ll exercise his fifth year of eligibility at NC State.

Other swimming & diving honorees include UNC diver Anton Down-Jenkins, and swimmers Nick Mason (FSU), McKenzie Campbell (Georgia Tech), Sarah Shackelford (Virginia Tech) and Cason Wilburn (Notre Dame).

Wilburn, who studies Environmental Engineering, was one of three student-athletes who received the Thacker Award.

“The student-athletes in the ACC are amazing, and we are especially proud to honor this year’s class of ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipients that represent our 15 world-class institutions,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D.

“The academic and athletic resumes of these 53 student-athletes are incredible, and we applaud their dedication and commitment to excellence. We look forward to continuing to support these tremendous individuals as they approach the future, which is incredibly bright for each of them.”

2023 ACC Postgraduate Scholars

Name, Institution, Sport, Major
Cayla Barnes, Boston College, Women’s Ice Hockey, Communication
Lilly Mathieu, Boston College, Women’s Sailing, International Studies
Hal Hershfelt, Clemson, Women’s Soccer, Psychology
Mckenna Slavik, Clemson, Volleyball, Sports Communication
Finn Hossfeld, Duke, Men’s Fencing, Public Policy
Michaela Reinhart, Duke, Women’s Cross Country/ Track & Field, Interdepartmental: Chemistry and Public Policy
Ruthie Jones, Duke, Women’s Soccer, Psychology
Kaley Mudge, Florida State, Softball, Exercise Physiology
Madelyne Anderson, Florida State, Beach Volleyball, Finance
Nick Mason, Florida State, Men’s Swimming and Diving, Psychology
Dylan Leonard, Georgia Tech, Football, Business Administration Concentration Marketing
Emma Kauf, Georgia Tech, Softball, Biology
McKenzie Campbell, Georgia Tech, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Concentration – Analytics & Data Science
Joshua Brockman, NC State, Men’s Cross Country/ Track & Field, Business Administration
Kelsey Chmiel, NC State, Women’s Cross Country/ Track & Field, Animal Science
Nyls Korstanje, NC State, Men’s Swimming and Diving, Sustainable Materials and Technology
Chelsea Domond, Syracuse, Women’s Soccer, Psychology
Luisa Gathmann, Syracuse, Rowing, Human Development and Family Science
Noah Singelmann, Syracuse, Men’s Soccer, Economics
Aliyah Welter, Louisville, Women’s Cross Country/ Track & Field, Sport Administration/Health and Human Performance
Amaya Tillman, Louisville, Volleyball, Sport Administration/ Counseling and Personnel Services
Katie Schneider, Louisville, Field Hockey, Communications/Early Elementary Education
Destiny Harden, Miami, Women’s Basketball, Public Administration and Criminology
Anton Down-Jenkins, North Carolina, Men’s Swimming and Diving, Advertising and Public Relations
Destiny Middleton, North Carolina, Softball, Human Development and Family Sciences
James Bertrand, Notre Dame, Football, Marketing
Madison Ahern, Notre Dame, Women’s Lacrosse, Finance
Chiamaka Nwokolo, Pitt, Volleyball, Legal Studies
Emy Hayford, Pitt, Women’s Basketball, Law, Criminal Justice, and Society
Yvonne Whaley, Pitt, Softball, Psychology
Ella Nelson, Virginia, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Kinesiology
Jayna Francis, Virginia, Volleyball, Chemistry-Biochemistry
Quentin Matsui, Virginia, Men’s Lacrosse, Commerce
Hannah Ballowe, Virginia Tech, Women’s Cross Country/ Track & Field, Professional and Technical Writing, English; Pre-Law Concentration (Undergrad)/ English (Current)
Morgan Overaitis, Virginia Tech, Softball, Public Health
Sarah Shackelford, Virginia Tech, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Biology; Concentration: Biomedical
Adam Cecere, Wake Forest, Baseball, Communication
Madeline Rehm, Wake Forest, Women’s Cross Country/ Track & Field, Health and Exercise Science
Nathalie Friedman, Wake Forest, Field Hockey, Business and Enterprise Management


Jim & Pat Thacker Scholarship Recipient
Name, Institution, Sport, Major
Katherine Mitchell, Boston College, Women’s Cross Country/ Track & Field, Management (Finance and Business Analytics Concentration)
Elizabeth Culton, North Carolina, Gymnastics, Psychology
Cason Wilburn, Notre Dame, Men’s Swimming and Diving, Environmental Engineering


Honorary Scholarship Nominees
Name, Institution, Sport, Major
KJ Henry, Clemson, Football, Sports Communication/Athletic Leadership
Victoria Allen, Florida State, Women’s Tennis, Sport Management
Connor Howe, Georgia Tech, Men’s Golf, Business Administration – Finance Concentration
Alexandra Hays, NC State, Women’s Cross Country/ Track & Field, Forestry and Environmental Resources
Meaghan Tyrrell, Syracuse, Women’s Lacrosse, Public Relations
Daevenia Achong, Miami, Women’s Tennis, Finance
Lou Hedley, Miami, Football, Liberal Arts and Sports Administration
Armando Bacot, North Carolina, Men’s Basketball, Exercise Sports Science
Cormac Ryan, Notre Dame, Men’s Basketball, Strategy
Nino Bonaccorsi, Pitt, Wrestling, English Writing
Rachel Kuehn, Wake Forest, Women’s Golf, Business and Enterprise Management

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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