June 28, 2006
Gena Lindsay Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
INDIANAPOLIS---Northwest Missouri State graduating senior student-athlete Gena Lindsay (St. Joseph, Mo.) was awarded with a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, announced yesterday by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee. Lindsay, who wrapped up her stand-out tennis career in the spring, began taking credits this summer to earn her master's degree in education with an emphasis in school guidance counseling.
"I am very excited and it is a huge honor to represent Northwest," said the Central High School graduate. "There have not been a whole lot of Northwest athletes to receive this scholarship and to be the only female from the conference to get this in the spring is very special."
Of the spring female recipients, Lindsay was one of seven representing Division II and the lone from the MIAA. There were 10 athletes selected among the Division I ranks and 12 in Division III. A complete listing can be viewed at www.NCAA.org.
In mid-June, Lindsay was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division At-Large Second Team after being placed on the Academic All-America Third Team in 2005. A two-time MIAA MVP and MIAA Women's Tennis Sportsmanship Award winner, Lindsay leaves Northwest as one of the most decorated female tennis players. With a 77-26 doubles record, she holds the most career wins in school history. She has been a part of four North Central Region Championship teams and played in four straight NCAA National Tournaments.
Holding a 19-1 mark at the top singles position this spring, Lindsay was ranked first in the North Central Region and picked up a unanimous All-MIAA First Team selection at No. 1 singles. She has logged a 80-10 career mark in singles action. Lindsay rattled off a 29-match winning streak going back to the 2005 season. Of her 19 overall singles wins, 17 of them came in straight sets. Her string of wins came to an end against nationally-ranked Alejandra Miranda-Sanchez of Drury on April 28.
There are a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships given from the NCAA annually. The NCAA has awarded 58 spring postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 men and 29 women who participated in spring sports, which include baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's volleyball, women's synchronized swimming and women's water polo.
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent, and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.
Nomination information is sent to faculty athletics representatives, athletics directors, senior women administrators and conference commissioners of NCAA member institutions in September for fall sports, in January for winter sports and in March for spring sports. Selections are made three times each academic year. The nominations must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport. Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees, and the award recipients are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.
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