The Weisiger Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Scholarship and The Weisiger Cup bring together Converse College’s priorities of academic excellence, student leadership and service, and competitive intercollegiate athletics in recognizing outstanding student-athletes. The two awards were created through a generous endowment established by Mr. and Mrs. Edward I. Weisiger (Agnes Binder Class of 1963).
The Weisiger Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award provides scholarships for outstanding students majoring in the sciences. Recipients must excel in academics, be expressly interested in the study of science, and be dedicated to playing an NCAA Division II sport. Two new recipients are chosen from the incoming class each year, for a total of up to eight scholarship recipients across the student body annually.
The Weisiger Cup is presented to a Converse graduating student-athlete each year at Founder's Day. The young woman selected for this honor has a proven record of leadership and community building skills, is a valuable member of the campus community and an asset to her team. The recipient's name is added to a sterling silver Weisiger Cup trophy that is permanently housed in the Weisiger Center, and she receives her own smaller engraved version as a keepsake.
2008 - Ashton Lesiak - Soccer
2009 - Elizabeth High - Cross Country; Jennifer Russell - Swimming
2010 - Jessica Pope - Swimming, Kandace Griffin - Volleyball
2011 - Nichole Tackett - Soccer; Meghan Calvaruso - Swimming
2012 - Summer Gaib - Cross Country; Maureen Collins - Volleyball
2013 - Rebekah Muir - Golf; Ashley Biggs - Cross Country
2014 - Brittni Jones - Lacrosse; Isabella Cassens - Soccer
2015 - Paige Johnson - Basketball; Claudia Coffin - Soccer
2016 - Taylor Cruse - Basketball; Kaybriana Spalding - Softball
2017 - Lizzie Gilbert - Equestrian; Moriah Gomez - Softball
2018- Pauline Hagen - Tennis
2019- Jovana Mitic - Swimming; Olivia Nevin - Field Hockey
2019 Weisiger Scholar Athletes: Jovana Mitic & Olivia Nevin
Jovana Mitic, a graduate of Svetozar Markovic in Nis, Serbia, is a member of the Converse swimming team. She plans to major in Computer Science.
Olivia Nevin, a graduate of Kettering Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio, is a member of the Converse field hockey team. She plans to major in Pre-Veterinary with a minor in Biology.
Weisiger Cup Recipients
2009 - Elizabeth Louise Ruppert - Cross Country
2010 - Rachel Elizabeth Wilker - Tennis
2011 - Katherine Jean Buehler - Volleyball
2012 - Hilary Leith Parkin - Soccer
2013 - Jennifer Leigh Russell - Swimming
2014 - Jessica Renet Pope - Swimming
2015 - Catherine Frances Billings - Equestrian
2016 - Natalie Johnson - Soccer
2017 - Laura Ann Dixon - Swimming
2018- Kaitlin Knight- Tennis
2019- Cassidy Rindge- Swimming
2019 Weisiger Cup Recipient: Cassidy Rindge
Cassidy has been a member of the swimming team for four years. Rindge was named team captain for the 2018-19 campaign. She is a member of the record-holding 400 medley relay team and has six top-10 times amongst the Converse leaderboard. Cassidy was named Conference Carolinas Second Team All-Conference in 2017-18, as well as two times in 2018-19. She has been a member of the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll for all four years at Converse, while also earning Conference Carolinas Academic All-Conference 2017-19.
During her time with the Purple and Gold she has been a guiding example to her peers, acting as the SGA Student Chaplain since 2017. Rindge was also a Presidential Ambassador in 2017-18. Other scholarly activity includes: Nesbit Honors Program (2015-2019), Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society (2015-16), and Phi Sigma Iota Honors Society (2017-2019). Cassidy not excelled athletically, but academically as well, earning Converse Dean's List honors all four years. She was also a recipient of the South Carolina Life Scholarship througout the entirety of her undergraduate studies.
About Ed and Agnes Weisiger
Agnes Binder Weisiger, a member of the Converse Class of 1963, has made giving her life-long passion and priority. She dedicating much of her life to nursing, and her philanthropy and leadership have benefited Converse and many other cultural and educational organizations throughout the Southeast. Together with her husband, Ed, the Weisigers have been champions for Converse College/ In addition to supporting the Weisiget Scholar Athletes and Weisiger Cup awards, they were lead donors to The Weisiger Center, which houses Converse athletics.