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USTA Scholarships for HS Seniors, Grades 6-10 Tennis Players

January 14, 2010 06:00 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jan. 15, 2010 -- Tennis players in grades 6-10 and graduating high school seniors are eligible for 2010 USTA Serves Scholarships, which have an application deadline of Feb. 5, 2010.

The Player Incentive Award (for students grades 6-10) is a one-time, nonrenewable grant of $500. Its purpose is to encourage the development of USTA youth tennis program participants with great potential and a commitment to
academic excellence.

The Player Incentive Award applicant must:
* currently be enrolled in grades 6-11;
* show financial need for all tennis-related fees;
* demonstrate a strong commitment to academic achievement;
* be a participant in a USTA youth tennis program; and,
* be a middle school player with high school varsity team potential or high school varsity player.

Scholarships available for high school seniors are:

Marian Wood Baird Scholarship Award ($15,000)
This scholarship is named in honor of the late Marian Wood Baird, who had been recognized by the USTA for over 40 years of volunteer service. Honors bestowed on Mrs. Baird included her induction into the Western Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1994, the 1993 USTA Seniors' Service Award, and the 1979 USTA Service Bowl. The scholarship is generously supported by the Baird Family, and it is their wish that the recipient maintain contact with them. The Marian Wood Baird Scholarship is available to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated achievements in leadership, and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program (such as USTA School Tennis, USTA National Junior Tennis League (NJTL), USTA Team Tennis, or USTA High Performance or other such qualified programs as determined by the Scholarship Committee). Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship on and off the court.

Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship ($7,500)
Dwight Filley Davis began playing tennis at the age of 15 in 1894. In 1900, the year he graduated from college, Davis purchased a 217-troy ounce silver bowl as a prize for an international lawn tennis competition. This was the birth of the Davis Cup. Davis became president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association in 1923. This scholarship was created by the late Dwight F. Davis, III, grandson of Dwight Filley Davis, and is now generously supported by the Davis family. It is their wish that the recipients maintain contact with them. The Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship is available to high school seniors who have performed with distinction and actively participated in extracurricular activities, community service, and an organized tennis program.

Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award ($10,000)
This scholarship was named in memory of Dwight A. Mosley, the first African American elected to the USTA Board of Directors. The scholarship was created with input from the USTA Multicultural Participation Committee and supports the Level One Priority of Diversity within the USTA. The Dwight Mosley Scholarship is available to USTA-ranked high school seniors of ethnically diverse heritage who have excelled academically and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program. Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship on and off the court.

USTA Serves College Education Scholarship ($6,000)
USTA Serves awards college education scholarships annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. This scholarship is partially supported by the Ambrose Monell Foundation.

Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship ($2,500)
This scholarship is named in memory of Eve Kraft of Princeton, New Jersey, a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to the game of tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Kraft became the first-ever women's varsity tennis coach at Princeton in 1971 and led the team to an undefeated record during her three-year tenure. She later founded and was director of the USTA Center for Education and Recreational Tennis in Princeton. The scholarship is partially supported by the Kraft family. The Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship is available to two high school seniors, one male and one female, who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service, played tennis in an organized program and who reside in an economically disadvantaged community.

USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship ($1,000)
USTA Serves has established a college textbook scholarship which provides a one-time award to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to students entering a two or four-year college or university program.

"USTA Serves -- Foundation for Academics. Character. Excellence." is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to support, monitor and promote programs that enhance the lives of under-served children through the integration of tennis and education. It encourages children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens, targeting youngsters from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

For applications and additional info go to /Community-Tennis-Pages/2012_Grants/, go to the bottom of the page to College Scholarship Program (for high school seniors) and Player Incentive Awards (grades 6-10 students). Applications must be e-mailed or mailed to Andy McFarland by Feb. 5, 2010, at mcfarland@florida.usta.com or mail to:

USTA Florida
Attn: Andy McFarland
1 Deuce Court, Suite 100
Daytona Beach, FL 32124
 

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