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Feb 26, 2024

Bornkamp, Mackiewicz, Putnam and Sylla Earn ACC Postgraduate Recognition

CLEMSON, S.C. – Megan Bornkamp (women’s soccer, management) and Will Putnam (football, management) have been named 2024 Weaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford Postgraduate Scholarship Award recipients, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday. In addition, Halle Mackiewicz (women’s soccer, civil engineering) and Ousmane Sylla (men’s soccer, sociology) have earned ACC Excellence Award recognition, which goes to those who meet the criteria for postgraduate awards but intend to pursue their respective sports professionally. 

A total of 51 individuals in the conference were honored, with 26 receiving the Weaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford scholarship. 

Putnam, from Tampa, Fla., is one of just two ACC football players to earn the award this season. Putnam was a two-time All-ACC selection and four-year starter along the offensive line and played 3,564 snaps from scrimmage, the second-most in Clemson history. He earned his undergraduate degree in Management, graduating with honors in December 2022. He is enrolled in MBA program and will graduate in August of 2024. 

Bornkamp, a Mooresville, N.C. native,  is a four-time All-ACC honoree and a two-time All-American and team captain. She led the Tigers to their first College Cup appearance in school history in 2023, and will return for a fifth season in 2024. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Management in May of 2023 and is pursuing her MBA while completing her eligibility and will graduate following her senior season.

Sylla adds this recognition to his memorable season, which saw him win team ACC and NCAA Championships, as well as MAC Hermann Trophy honors as the national player of the year while earning his degree. Sylla was drafted 55th overall by the Houston Dynamo FC in the MLS. Native of Senegal graduated with honors in just 3 years earning a degree in Sociology with a minor in French Studies. 

Mackiewicz was the first goalkeeper to be picked up in the 2024 draft as the Kansas City Current selected the Broomfield, Co. native as their 32nd pick in the third round. Finishing the 2023 season with 13 clean sheets, Mackiewicz set the new single-season record for shutouts and was the ACC Goalkeeper of the Year. He is a civil engineering major set to graduate in May. Of her seven enrolled semesters, she has been on the Dean’s list (3.5+) 5 times, and President’s list (4.0) twice.

The women’s soccer program has now claimed postgraduate honors for five consecutive seasons. 


The Weaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree after completing their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $9,000 toward his or her graduate education, an increase from $6,000 in previous years following a vote of the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs). Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community and were chosen by a vote of the league’s FARs at the ACC Winter Meetings.

 To be eligible for ACC Postgraduate Scholarships, nominees must have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically with an overall minimum accumulative grade point average of 3.0 or its equivalent. The student-athlete must have completed at least seven semesters and complete their baccalaureate degree, at an ACC institution, prior to receiving the postgraduate scholarship, and performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team specifically represented by local, conference, regional and/or national athletic recognition. The nominees also must have conducted themselves, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to themselves, their institution, intercollegiate athletics, and the ideals and objectives of higher education.

YearStudent AthleteSportAward
2024Will PutnamFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford
2024Megan BornkampWomen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford
2024Ousmane SyllaMen's SoccerACC Excellence Award
2024Halle MackiewiczWomen's SoccerACC Excellence Award
2023K.J. HenryFootballACC Excellence Award
2023Mckenna SlavikVolleyballWeaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford
2023Hal HershfeltWomen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford
2022Sydney DawsonWomen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford
2022George MarksMen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford
2022Cammy PereiraSoftballWeaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford
2021Marissa GiumbardaSoftballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2021Courtney JonesWomen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2021Grace MattimoreSoftballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2021William NottinghamMen's GolfWeaver-James-Corrigan#
2020Ana Paula ValdesWomen's GolfWeaver-James-Corrigan#
2019Christian WilkinsFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan#
2019Miranda WeslakeWomen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2019Alice HewsonWomen's GolfWeaver-James-Corrigan & Thacker
2018Oliver ShannonMen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan#
2018Grace BarnettWomen's Cross Country/TrackWeaver-James-Corrigan
2018Marisa MessanaWomen's GolfWeaver-James-Corrigan
2018Daniela Ruiz AlvarezWomen's TennisWeaver-James-Corrigan
2017Deshaun WatsonFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan#
2017Abby JonesWomen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2017Gabby ByorthWomen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2017Emily ByorthWomen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2016Anna SkochdopoleRowingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2016Jordan RoperMen's BasketballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2016Tristen DewarWomen's TennisWeaver-James-Corrigan
2015Hunter HarringtonMen's TennisWeaver-James-Corrigan#
2015Katelyn ReeveWomen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2015Romy KoelzerWomen's TennisWeaver-James-Corrigan
2015Ara AmirkhanianMen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2014Thomas McNamaraMen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan & Thacker
2014Chandler CatanzaroFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2014Emily HowardWomen's Swimming & DivingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2014Alex StockingerMen's SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan#
2013Rashard HallFootballJim and Pat Thacker
2013Natalie PatzinVolleyballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2013Alexa RandVolleyballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2012Becca BrownRowingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2012Alyssa KulikWomen’s Cross CountryWeaver-James-Corrigan
2012Tanner SmithMen’s BasketballWeaver-James-Corrigan#
2012Dawson ZimmermanFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2011Stephanie BuffoWomen’s Cross Country/Track & FieldWeaver-James-Corrigan
2011Elizabeth SavageWomen’s Swimming & DivingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2011Michael WadeFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2011Patricia MamonaWomen’s Track & FieldWeaver-James-Corrigan#
2010Gregory EckhardtMen’s SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2010Ben MartinGolfWeaver-James-Corrigan
2010Michelle NanceRowingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2010Katrina ObasWomen’s Swimming & DivingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2009Megan BendikRowingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2009Jimmy ManersFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2009Rachel RegoneWomen’s Swimming & DivingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2008Cliff HammondsMen’s BasketballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2008Elizabeth JobeWomen’s SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2008Meghan SteinerVolleyballJim and Pat Thacker
2007Sarah CefaluWomen’s Swimming & DivingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2007Brittany GambleRowingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2007Thomas HunterFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2007Britten MyerWomen’s SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2006Ashlee BrownRowingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2006Nichole CarltonWomen’s Swimming & DivingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2006Bradley GibsonMen’s SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2006Paige LedfordWomen’s SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2006Brooke QueenanWomen’s BasketballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2005Mary Nell GreenRowingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2005Shelly KlausWomen’s Swimming & DivingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2005Gisele OliveiraWomen’s Track & FieldWeaver-James-Corrigan
2004Tony ElliottFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2004Allison MitchellWomen’s SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2004Kanetra QueenWomen’s BasketballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2003Jenna BurtchWomen’s Swimming & DivingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2003Jackie RobinsonFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2002Chad CarsonFootballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2002Katie CarsonWomen’s SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
2001Lauren HenneRowingWeaver-James-Corrigan
2000Alison CodayVolleyballWeaver-James-Corrigan
2000Beth KellerWomen’s SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
1999Jennifer MihalikWomen’s Swimming & DivingWeaver-James-Corrigan
1999Tom WidemanMen’s BasketballWeaver-James-Corrigan
1999Will YorkMen’s Swimming & DivingWeaver-James-Corrigan
1998Angela BramesWomen’s SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
1997Craig WenningMen’s SoccerWeaver-James-Corrigan
1996Anthony McCroreyFootballWeaver-James
1995Ronald Glenn Jr.FootballWeaver-James
1995Jodie PhillipsWomen’s Track & FieldWeaver-James
1994Jaroslaw ZawislanMen’s SoccerWeaver-James
1993Anthony KnightMen’s Track & FieldJim Weaver
1992Elizabeth DolanWomen’s Swimming & DivingMarie James
1992Bruce BattonFootballBob James
1991Dov KremerMen’s Track & FieldJim Weaver
1991Kelly Ann WongWomen’s Swimming & DivingMarie James
1989Henrik SkovMen’s Track & FieldJim Weaver
1987Denise MurphyVolleyballMarie James
1980Bobby ConradMen’s BasketballJim Weaver
1979Steve FullerFootballJim Weaver
1973Ben AndersonFootballJim Weaver
# – honorary Award Winner