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3 Fla. Students Receive USTA Serves Tennis Scholarships

June 20, 2013 01:26 PM
mediawall-USTA ServesThree Florida youth were announced as scholarship recipients on Thursday when USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), distributed $395,000 in college scholarships to 58 high school students across the U.S.
 
Florida winners of scholarship awards are Cooper City High School senior Vincent Ong of Cooper City, Fla.; Stanton College Prep senior Lara Dedic of Jacksonville, Fla.; and St. Edward School senior Lolade Fadulu of Vero Beach, Fla.
 
Ong was awarded the $10,000 Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship, which goes to a high school senior who has performed with distinction and has actively participated in extracurricular activities, community service and an organized tennis program.
 
The award is named for Dwight Filley Davis, who 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, marking the birth of the Davis Cup. Davis became president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association in 1923. His grandson, Dwight F. Davis, III, created the scholarship to honor his grandfather’s achievements and contributions to tennis.
 
Dedic was awarded the $2,500 Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship, which goes to a high school senior who has excelled academically, demonstrated community service, played tennis in an organized program and resides in an economically-disadvantaged community.
 
This scholarship is named in memory of Eve Kraft of Princeton, N.J., a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
 
Fadulu received an $8,000 USTA Serves College Education Scholarship, presented to a high school senior who has excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program.
 
Each year USTA Serves encourages children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by awarding scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement and require financial assistance for college matriculation.
 
"For many years, USTA Serves has proudly awarded students throughout the country for their outstanding achievements on and off the tennis court," said USTA Serves Executive Director Dan Faber. "I am excited that we can play a role toward their continuous excellence in academics, as well as their drive to succeed within this great sport. We look to them as the next great leaders, scholars and champions, and for that, USTA Serves congratulates them on their future endeavors."
 
For more information on USTA Serves, visit www.usta.com/foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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