(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) – Recent graduate Lindy Cornwall (Poway, Calif./Poway) of the Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis and women's track and field teams has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Cornwall will receive a one-time, nonrenewable grant of $10,000 to be used for part-time or full-time postgraduate study at a university or professional school. Cornwall will continue her educational pursuits at Carnegie Mellon, as she is enrolled in the master's program for mechanical engineering.
The scholarship is awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually, 63 for men and 63 for women.
"Lindy is one of the brightest student-athletes I have ever coached," said head women's tennis coach Andrew Girard. "The way she has successfully navigated some of the toughest classes CMU has to offer in addition to becoming one of the best singles and doubles players in Division III is absolutely impressive."
Cornwall recently completed her women's tennis career with 120 combined match victories to go with three All-America honors. She was named the Division III Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic South Most Improved Senior as she turned 12 combined wins during her first year of competition into 120 which ranks seventh all-time in Carnegie Mellon history. Cornwall earned her latest All-America award by virtue of winning the ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Championships in fall 2021, the second time she won the crown. As a junior, Cornwall competed in the 2021 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship, finishing the year ranked fourth nationally in doubles.
Cornwall had an 11-match singles winning streak during the 2021-22 season and was named to the All-University Athletic Association (UAA) Team in doubles (first team) and in singles (second team). Additionally, Cornwall competed on the women's track and field team and set a new school record in the discus throw as a senior, overtaking the school-record mark she earned as a freshman.
In the classroom, Cornwall graduated with a 3.93 in mechanical engineering. She interned for Herrick Technology Labs in 2021, was a mentor for Strong Women Strong Girls, Vice President for Pi Tau Sigma and was an orientation and summer camp counselor at Carnegie Mellon. She was also a member of the club fencing team at Carnegie Mellon. For two years, she worked as a mechanical testing engineer for Carnegie Mellon's Iris Lunar Rover during the school year.
Cornwall earned two selections to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women's At-Large Team and is the second NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient for the women's tennis program.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championships and/or emerging sports. For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, go to www.ncaa.org.