St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 12, 2019 – Lizzy Crist, a 2017 Washington University in St. Louis graduate and 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year, was awarded the 2019 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, an honor which is granted to student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically while also serving as leaders in the community.
Crist will receive a $10,000 scholarship to be used for postgraduate study. She is in her second year enrolled in the University of Minnesota Biomedical Engineering PhD program.
"Thank you to WashU and to the NCAA for supporting me throughout my undergraduate experience at WashU," said Crist, a 2018 NCAA Today's Top-10 Award winner. "I feel incredibly blessed to have attended a University that promotes its student-athletes in becoming scholar-champions."
Crist was the 2017 Division III Honda Athlete of the Year and the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Soccer Association (NSCAA) National Player of the Year after helping lead the Bears to the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Championship. She was also the D3soccer.com Goalkeeper of the Year and a NSCAA, HERO Sports and D3soccer.com First-Team All-America selection.
Crist helped guide the Bears to the program's first NCAA Championship in school history and concluded her career as the school's all-time leader in shutouts (31) and was second in wins (48).
"Lizzy is a true scholar-champion. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is a prestigious honor and it is humbling for someone in our family to receive it," said WashU women's soccer coach Jim Conlon. "This scholarship will help allow Lizzy continue her education and her research, which will impact many lives in the future."
Crist excelled in the classroom during her four years on the Danforth Campus. She graduated with a 3.90 grade point average while majoring in biomedical engineering. Crist was the 2016 NSCAA National Scholar of the Year and College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First-Team Academic All-America and All-District selection. She was also a three-time Academic all-UAA honoree
Crist earned the Department of Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Senior Achievement Award and was the first student in school history to sweep the three major awards at the Chancellor's Dinner – Ethan A.H. Shepley Award, W. Alfred Hayes Award, A. Gwendolyn Drew Award.