NCAA rewards Lindsey Peng with prestigious post-graduate scholarship

Trinity’s soccer standout rewarded for her success on and off the field

Being on a sports team, getting involved in a sorority and participating in undergraduate research is a lot for any student to handle on top of the already rigorous academics at Trinity. Lindsey Peng, a senior on the women’s soccer team, has done just that — and more.

Peng is the co-captain of the soccer team and is also involved in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), biology professor Jonathan King’s research lab and SPURS Sorority. All of her involvement and success has culminated in recently being awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

This prestigious award is given to up to 126 undergraduate student-athletes who excel both academically and athletically and are in their final year of college athletics. The one-time non-renewable scholarship is worth $10,000 and is meant to be used for graduate education. After graduation, Peng hopes to attend medical school.

“There are so many amazing and qualified student-athletes out there and I am just so ecstatic and honored to have been chosen for this year,” Peng said. “I am incredibly thankful for the support from my coaches and professors and the opportunities I have had here at Trinity because without them, being awarded this scholarship would have never been possible.”

On the soccer field, Peng has shone throughout her time at Trinity. In 2018 and 2019, she earned SCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. In 2018, Peng made the All-SCAC First Team, the SCAC All-Tournament Team and was named the SCAC Tournament Defensive MVP.

“Lindsey could not be more deserving of this scholarship. She excels at all that she does, both on and off the field,” said junior Madison Horner, one of Peng’s soccer teammates. “Between her excellence in the classroom, active role in research and her participation in various extracurriculars here on campus, it is no surprise to me that she has been rewarded for all her hard work. I can’t wait to see all that she accomplishes post-graduation from Trinity University.”

Like Horner said, Peng has flourished just as much off the field as she has on the field. Peng and her teammates have recently been working with Trinity Buddies, a charity started by senior softball player Gina Monaco.

“Trinity Women’s Soccer has been partnering with Trinity Buddies to raise money for kids in need in local districts to play sports,” Peng said. “A few teammates and I have been working to organize the fundraiser with the leadership of [the] Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) throughout the past few months and together we have raised over $3,000 this semester.”

Throughout Peng’s time at Trinity, she has also volunteered at Spring Woodlands Ministries, Haven for Hope and STRAPS Adaptive Sports at Morgan’s Wonderland. During the pandemic, Peng has volunteered as a COVID-19 contact tracer in San Antonio as well as at vaccination clinics.

Peng has also excelled in the classroom, making the Dean’s List at Trinity five times as well as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Academic Honor Roll three times. She was also awarded the Murchison Undergraduate Research Fellowship for her research in King’s lab.

“To have a student who is recognized by the NCAA for her commitment to academics, athletics and service to our community, it has to be one of the highest honors our university can receive,” said Dylan Harrison, head women’s soccer coach. “Lindsey is a great teammate who has made her team stronger, her classmates better and our community kinder. Lindsey is deserving of this recognition and really it’s just the next story on her long list of achievements past and future. We are just lucky Lindsey believed in us enough to allow us to be a part of her journey.”