One of Vanderbilt most decorated student-athletes has earned another award, Simone Charley has been awarded with a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA as one of only 174 student-athletes nationwide.
Charley wrapped up her athletic career at Vanderbilt last fall with the Commodores' soccer team, helping the Dores back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. She earned second-team All-SEC honors in her final season leading the team in goals (4), assists (6) and points (14). Three weeks ago she - along with fellow Commodore Cristina De Zeeuw - joined the NWSL's Portland Thorns for their preseason practice.
For all of her exploits on the pitch, Charley has accomplished just as much on the track as Vanderbilt's school record holder in the triple jump. Last summer, she became just the 13th Vanderbilt student-athlete in history to be named a first-team Academic All-American to go along with first-team All-American nods in 2015 and 2016 and a second-team honor in 2014.
Charley's award marks the second year in a row Vanderbilt has had a student-athlete receive a NCAA postgrad scholarship. Former baseball student-athlete Jason Delay and men's cross country runner Jake Van Geffen both earned the ward last year.