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