Charley and Openshaw Vanderbilt H. Boyd McWhorter Nominees

April 25, 2018


NASHVILLE– Vanderbilt student-athletes Simone Charley of the Commodore soccer and track and field teams and Tommy Openshaw from the football team have been nominated for the SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar Athlete Post-Graduate scholarship by Vanderbilt. 

The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes. The SEC will announce the 2018 winners on April 26.  

Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC official sponsor, provides the league's male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship.  The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship. 

The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla., in early June.

Last year’s McWhorter Award recipients were University of Alabama swimmer Anton McKee and Texas A&M University swimmer Sarah Gibson.

Highlights from Vanderbilt’s nominees are below:

Simone Charley - Soccer/Track & Field – Hoover, Ala.
Major: Psychology and Sociology

  • First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-America in Track & Field, 2017
  • Third-Team CoSIDA Academic All-America in Soccer, 2017
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in Track & Field, 2017
  • Six-time member of Vanderbilt Dean’s List
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll, 2013
  • USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, Track & Field, 2014
  • Olympic Trials participant in Track & Field, 2016
  • Six career Top Ten finishes in Triple Jump (indoor & outdoor)
  • Five-time First-Team All-American in Triple Jump, 2015 (indoor & outdoor), 2016 (indoor &outdoor), 2017 (outdoor)
  • Two-time National Runner-Up in Triple Jump, 2016 (indoor & outdoor)
  • Member of Under-23 US Women’s National Team in Soccer, 2017
  • Three-time All-South Region in Soccer, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Three-time All-SEC, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Participated in mission trip to Cuba with other Vanderbilt student-athletes, 2015

Tommy Openshaw – Football – Jacksonville, Fla.
Major: Engineering Science and Economics

  • Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy awarded by National Football Foundation
  • Working on Master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Performance
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District semifinalist, 2017
  • Six-time member of Vanderbilt Dean’s List
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll, 2013
  • Lou Groza Award Watch List, 2017
  • Four-year starter (4 as placekicker, 3 as return specialist, 1 as punter)
  • Recorded second best VU single-season field goal percentage since 1980
  • Set Independence Bowl record for longest field goal (52 yards)
  • 5 in scoring in Vanderbilt football history
  • Member of Allstate AFCA National Good Works Team, 2017
  • Wuerffel Trophy Semifinalist, 2017
  • Member of SEC Good Works Team, 2017
  • Went on four mission trips as Vanderbilt undergraduate
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