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Four Florida Students Receive 'USTA Serves' National Tennis Grants

June 4, 2009 07:00 AM


Scholarships awarded to St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Lynn Haven tennis players

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 4, 2009 Four Florida students each received $6,000 scholarships this week from USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The four are part of 71 high school students nationwide that received a variety of college scholarships totaling $379,000.

The four Florida students receiving scholarships were Matthew Smith, a senior at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg; Kelly Conroy, a senior at John Paul II Catholic High School in Tallahassee; William Gandy, a senior at Maclay School in Tallahassee; and Katilyn Scott, a senior at A.C. Mosley High School in Lynn Haven.

The 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. An objective of USTA Serves is to encourage America’s youth to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.

Matthew Smith, senior, Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg

A member of organizations as varied as the Outdoor Adventure Club and the Chess Club, Smith is a well-rounded individual with impressive credentials in scholastics, sports and volunteerism. The high school tennis team captain was a district champion, state semifinalist and Bay Conference champ. The AP Scholar with a 4.19 GPA is a volunteer at an assisted living facility. He plans on taking a pre-med curriculum as a business major at the University of Notre Dame.

Kelly Conroy, senior, John Paul II Catholic High School in Tallahassee

A natural leader, Conroy has served as president of her junior class, the National Honor Society and the Squirettes of Mary service club. As a prep tennis player, she made the All-Big Bend

Area first team and was runner-up in the city championships. Holding a USTA Sectional ranking, this volunteer tennis instructor for youngsters earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in honors classes. She plans to major in psychology at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland.

William Gandy, senior, Maclay School in Tallahassee

Whether competing or volunteering, Gandy almost always carries a tennis racquet. The four-time Tallahassee Tennis Association Competitive Junior Tennis Player of the Year was MVP of his high school team and a semifinalist at the 2008 state championships. He participated in the First Serve after-school tennis program and helped earn the 2006 USTA Florida Section Family of the Year Award for volunteer work. He will be a pre-law student in college.

Katilyn Scott, senior, A.C. Mosley High School in Lynn Haven

When Scott speaks, people listen. A county speech champion, she’s a Bible study leader and an elementary school mentor who’s gaining valuable political experience as a Florida House of Representatives page. With a 3.68 GPA in honors and advanced classes, she earned the Silver Dolphin Award for academic and student leadership, and was the top singles tennis player at her high school. She plans to major in communications and social work at Huntingdon College.

Each year, USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, and have also demonstrated high academic achievement and a financial need for college matriculation.

“We understand how vital financial assistance is for these deserving high school seniors as they pursue higher education,” said USTA Serve Chief Executive Karen Martin-Eliezer. “Supporting them is a sound investment in America’s future. It is our hope and firm belief that these young men and women will continue to positively impact the world throughout their life’s journey.”

USTA Serves
Established in 1994, USTA Serves supports, monitors and promotes programs that enhance the lives of disadvantaged children through the integration of tennis and education. USTA Serves actively supports individual students from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds through college scholarships and player incentive awards and encourages children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in

school and becoming responsible citizens. Additionally, the Foundation supports community tennis programs across the country that provide positive role models, academic assistance, life skills, and tennis instruction to help prevent violence, substance abuse and school dropouts. USTA Serves is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds on the USTA’s social conscience of addressing important health issues, diversity issues, and general well-being in the United States using tennis as the catalyst and change agent.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with 730,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and through tennis, helps underserved youth and people with disabilities to improve academics, build character and strive for excellence. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.


Established in 1949, USTA Florida is a section of the United States Tennis Association. It is a not-for-profit volunteer organization with more than 49,000 members, 1,000 organizational members and a $3.8 million budget. As the official governing body of tennis in Florida, USTA Florida operates from an executive office in Daytona Beach with 23 staff members and more than 600 volunteers throughout the state working towards a mission to promote and develop tennis in Florida. To learn more about USTA Florida, visit our web site: www.ustaflorida.com.






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