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USTA T&EF Awards College Scholarships

June 6, 2008 03:59 PM


Kristin Greenup, a senior at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey and Marie LeBlanc, a senior at Fort Pierce Westwood High School in Fort Pierce, have been selected as two of 37 winners nationwide of a $6,000 College Educational Scholarship by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Tennis & Education Foundation (T&EF).   Additionally, Grace Johnson of Barron Collier High School in Naples, has been named recipient of the $10,000 Dwight Mosley Scholarship.  The Foundation has granted 54 high school students a variety of college scholarships this spring, totaling $287,000.

The two Florida $6,000 College Educational Scholarship honorees were selected from applicants throughout the country on the basis of their commitment to academic success, their local community and the game of tennis.  Meanwhile, the Dwight Mosley Scholarship is bestowed upon USTA ranked high school seniors of ethnically diverse heritages who have excelled academically and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program.  This scholarship was named in memory of Dwight A. Mosley, the first African American elected to the USTA Board of Directors.  An objective of the USTA T&EF is to encourage America’s youth to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.

Playing golf, powder-puff football, and serving as captain of the tennis team hasn’t seemed to slow Greenup down in the classroom.  She is a member of three different honor societies and a recipient of the All-Academic Sunshine Award.  In her free time, Greenup volunteers at the local hospice or helps out at the Salvation Army. In addition, she has participated in Junior Team Tennis.  She plans to attend University of Florida in the fall and major in pre-medicine.







Playing four varsity sports, including tennis, volleyball, basketball, and soccer, hasn’t messed with LeBlanc's grades in the classroom.  She maintains strong grades while participating in athletics, and earned the Coaches Award for tennis last season.  She is a member of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) and will attend Indiana River Community College in the fall where she will major in pre-medicine.








Captain of the tennis team and state champion in tennis, Florida player Johnson excels on the court and in the classroom.  She is the secretary of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Spanish Honor Society at Barron Collier High School.  In addition to maintaining excellent grades, Johnson is a member of Key Club, Green Group, and volunteers at her church.  She is interested in television production and will pursue a degree in digital cinema at De Paul University in the fall.

“By supporting young people we are investing in America’s future,” said Karen Martin Eliezer, Executive Director of the USTA Tennis and Education Foundation.  “With the help of this scholarship, it is our hope that Tonique and Grace will continue to pursue their goals and act as stewards of their communities as they go on to higher education and throughout their lives.”




USTA Tennis & Education Foundation
Established in 1994, the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation promotes – through tennis – educational excellence, good citizenship and self-improvement to at-risk and other special needs youth.  The Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to American youth, and supports new initiatives that reach out to inner-city youth.  It also supports community tennis programs that link tennis with education to provide positive role models, academic assistance, and life skills for the prevention of substance abuse, violence and school-dropouts.  The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation (USTA T&EF), is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life among our nation's youth from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.






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