Cosmina Ciobanu was one of two recipients of this year's Monogram Club postgraduate scholarship.

Tim Andree, Cosmina Ciobanu Earn Monogram Club Postgraduate Scholarships

April 30, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Men’s basketball player Tim Andree (Colts Neck, N.J.) and women’s tennis player Cosmina Ciobanu (Brea, Calif.) have been awarded the 2010 Monogram Club Postgraduate Scholarships, the organization announced this week. Both student-athletes will receive a one-time nonrenewable grant of $5,000 to further their educations.

The Monogram Club began the postgraduate scholarship program in 2009, handing out the inaugural awards to former football player Thomas Bemenderfer and former volleyball player Mallorie Croal.

Ciobanu has had a stellar career at Notre Dame both on and off the court. The Brea, Calif., native earned all-BIG EAST honors in 2009 and 2010 and was named to the conference all-tournament team for both singles and doubles in 2008, helping the Irish win BIG EAST Conference Championships the past three seasons. A three-time NCAA team participant, Ciobanu led the Irish to an NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 2007 and an NCAA semifinal performance in 2009, the highest finish in program history.

A two-time recipient of the Monogram Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete award, Ciobanu holds an overall singles record of 110-31 and a 110-30 mark in doubles action. A mainstay in the Irish lineup for the past three seasons, Ciobanu has career-high Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings of 31st (singles) and 39th (doubles) and set Notre Dame’s single-season dual-match winning percentage record with a 26-1 singles mark in 2007, a feat that earned her the Monogram Club MVP Award.

The daughter of Calin and Camelia Ciobanu, she has been a regular on the Dean’s List at Notre Dame, earning the honor four of the past six semesters, as a double major in science pre-professional studies and anthropology with a 3.857 grade-point average. She is a member of Notre Dame’s Academic Honors Program and has been named an ITA Scholar Athlete and BIG EAST Academic All-Star for the past three years.

Ciobanu also is very active in the community, volunteering with the Fighting Irish Fight For Life, the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Christmas Party, and Bike for Hospice and interning with Dr. Daniel Danahey at the Michiana Eye Center. Following graduation, Ciobanu plans to attend medical school in California.


Tim Andree is one of two recipients of this year’s Monogram Club postgraduate scholarship.



Andree is a four-year walk-on to the men’s basketball squad. A three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, the Colts Neck, N.J., native closed out his career as a member of the all-time winningest class in school history as the 2010 senior class compiled a 93-43 record for a .637 winning percentage and also recorded the most wins ever by an Irish class in BIG EAST Conference regular-season play with a 43-27 ledger for a .614 winning percentage. In 29 career games, Andree scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Andree has made an impact on the community during his career, volunteering with a number of activities. With the men’s basketball team, Andree has visited the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and the Walter Reed Veterans Hospital in Washington, D.C. He has mentored students at several South Bend-area elementary schools and coaches the Jersey Shore Wildcats, a sixth-grade AAU basketball team.

The son of former Irish men’s basketball player Tim Andree and women’s swimmer Laureen Langens, Andree, a two-time Dean’s List honoree, is enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management consulting with a 3.51 grade-point average. He will attend law school beginning this fall.