NCAA Elite Status For Zoë Scandalis: Trojan Named One of Nine Finalists for NCAA Woman of the Year

    Zoë Scandalis has been named one of nine finalists for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award!
    Sept. 25, 2015

    The NCAA has selected nine former college athletes as finalists for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which will be announced Oct. 18 during a ceremony in Indianapolis. Three women from each NCAA division were selected. Their college careers are highlighted by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

    The nine finalists are among 30 Woman of the Year honorees who will be recognized during the event. This group of 30 includes 10 honorees from each NCAA division and represents a range of sports. Schools nominated 480 college athletes for the 2015 award, with USC's Zoë Scandalis and Arizona's Margo Geer standing tall as representatives from Pac-12 Conference, both of whom have made it to the group of nine finalists for 2015.

    Below, read more about Zoë Scandalis, including an excerpt from her personal statement written to the awards committee.

    Zoë Scandalis, University of Southern California
    Pac-12 Conference
    Major: Political economy
    Sport: Tennis
    Hometown: Escondido, California

    "Exhausted at day's end, I would feel a sense of true accomplishment knowing I was finding my own path to my dreams, while encouraging and supporting the people around me to also dream big and work hard to make theirs come true. With each success I grew in confidence; with each attempt that fell short there was a lesson to be learned, an opportunity for growth, in wisdom and skill, persistence and resilience. For my girls and myself, the message was clear: don't be afraid to fall, be like a ball and bounce back up!" -- Zoë Scandalis



    Zoë Scandalis was a natural leader for the University of Southern California tennis team. The two-year team captain served on the Provost's Oversight Committee of Athletic Academic Affairs as a student-athlete representative and on the Trojan Athletic Senate. In 2012, she was the Southern California representative to the NCAA leadership forum. Scandalis also embraced a leadership role in the community, where she served as a mentor at a local middle school and continues to volunteer with Girl Up: United Nations Campaign for Adolescent Girls, where she focuses on the use of social media to advocate within India.

    Scandalis graduated with a degree in political economy. In 2015, she received two prestigious university [PS1] awards: the Gimble Award, presented to the student-athlete deemed most cooperative, and the Willis O'Hunter Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average. Scandalis is a three-time Pac-12 Conference All-Academic honoree, and in 2014 was named Trojan of the Year in recognition of her achievements on the court and in the classroom.

    A two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American in singles and doubles tennis, Scandalis led her team to three Pac-12 titles and four NCAA tournament appearances. She also competed as an individual during the NCAA tournament. She earned six Pac-12 Player of the Week awards, a conference record. In 2012, Scandalis was named to the United States Tennis Association College Team, and in 2014 she was the ITA Southwest Region singles champion. She also won a gold medal at the 2012 BNP Paribas Master U Games as a member of Team USA.