July 17, 2015
USC's Zoë Scandalis has been named a winner of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, making her the 53rd Trojan all-time and the first-ever USC women's tennis player to earn the prestigious award. Scandalis is the third USC student-athlete in the past five years to win the scholarship, helping USC to rank in the national top-10 for total recipients.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The $7,500 scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.
Also a recipient of the 2015 Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship and Pac-12 Medal, Scandalis has been an all-around standout at USC, boasting an impressive tennis career as well as dedication to academics and community service as a political economy major with a minor in environmental studies. The 2014 Female Trojan of the Year, a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honoree and a 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Team pick, Scandalis also is a two-time ITA All-American, the 2014 ITA Southwest Regional Singles Champion and was a team captain in the Trojans' run to the NCAA Semifinals this past season.
During her tenure at Troy, Scandalis helped her teams to two NCAA Semifinal appearances and was named the 2012 ITA National Player to Watch as a freshman. She landed a pair of All-Pac-12 First Team selections and twice was picked to the Second Team. She also set the record for Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, collecting six awards during her career. Ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation in both singles and in doubles while at Troy, Scandalis finished her action at USC with a 108-48 career singles record and a 103-53 career doubles record.
Of the court and outside the classroom, Scandalis has been extremely active in community service and campus activities. A member of Trojan Athletic Senate all four years, Scandalis has been involved with the Community Bowl, the Rose Cup and Athletes in Action on campus. But her commitment to service has extended beyond campus, too. Some of Scandalis' most rewarding work has been done as a mentor to 7th and 8th grade girls at the 32nd Street School. That passion for outreach prompted Scandalis to get involved with Girl Up -- the United Nations Campaign for Adolescent Girls -- which she continues to work with while competing on the USTA Pro Circuit.
The first USC women's tennis player to win the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Scandalis follows in the footsteps of 2013 honoree Alex Lendrum (swimming) and fellow tennis player Jaak Poldma in 2011 as USC's most recent winners.
For more information on the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program, go to ncaa.org/ncaa-postgraduate-scholarship-program