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Grant, scholarship opportunities available for talented student-athletes

April 14, 2014 03:45 PM
Numerous grant and scholarship opportunities are available for tennis players at both the sectional and national level.

Tennis could be your ticket to a college education.

As part of the ongoing commitment to developing the next generation of leaders, the USTA offers numerous grant and scholarship opportunities for student-athletes across the country. Whether you have aspirations to play college tennis or boost your junior ranking to attract schools in the future, significant financial resources are available for players to use tennis as a platform for maximizing potential both on and off the court.

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For high school tennis players seeking college scholarships, the USTA Foundation offers several opportunities to help student-athletes go to college and compete for their campus. The full application process can be found here, but the specific requirements for each individual scholarship can be found below.

Please note that the next application process for USTA Foundation scholarships begins in October. Any questions related to these scholarships throughout the year may be directed to Jackie Materasso, USTA Foundation, 914-696-7175, materasso@usta.com.

The Marian Wood Bard College Scholarship: A scholarship up to $15,000 will be awarded over four years to one male and one female student who is entering a four-year college or university program.

The Rosalind P. Walter College Scholarship: A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded over four years to one male and one female student who are entering a four-year college or university program.

The Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship: A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded over four years to one male and one female student who are entering a four-year college or university program.

The Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award: A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded over four years to one male and one female student who are entering a four-year college or university program.

The USTA Serves College Education Scholarship: An $8,000 scholarship will be awarded over four years to students entering a four-year college or university. For those entering a two-year community college program, they will be awarded $4,000 in two payments during the first and second years.

The Eve Kraft Education and & College Scholarship: A one-time, $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female student entering a four-year college or university program.

USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship: A one-time, $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to students entering a two or four-year college or university program.

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For players a few years away from entering college, there are many opportunities available to continue their training while pursuing their studies. Applications and descriptions for each of these grant opportunities can be found below.

Please note that the next application process begins in November. Any questions related to these scholarships throughout the year may be directed to Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity, 914-697-2381, Arnold@usta.com.

USTA Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition and Training: Provide funding to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on participation in specific USTA-sanctioned tournaments in 2014. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round and have a history of strong national tournament results. Deadline is Jan. 7, 2015.

Althea Gibson Leadership Grant:  Honoring  the memory, life and achievements of Althea Gibson, the first African-American Grand Slam champion, who paved the way for millions who followed. This grant rewards players who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Players must be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The one-year grant of $1,000 is given to one African-American female junior recipient. Deadline is Jan. 7, 2015.

Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant: Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Okechi Womeodu, who otherwise would have had a very promising future, both on and off the court. This grant rewards players who work to excel as much in the classroom as in sports. Playersmust be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The one-year grant of $1,000 is given to one African-American male junior recipient. Deadline is Jan. 7, 2015.

Pancho Gonzalez Scholar-Athlete Grant: In honor of Pancho Gonzalez, the Mexican-American icon who won two U.S. Championships men’s singles titles and whose dedication to the sport of tennis brought together fans from all walks of life. We look to reward a player(s) who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Playersmust be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The one-year grant of $1,000 is given to one male and one female Latino/Hispanic junior recipient. Deadline is Jan. 7, 2015.

Asian-American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant: In honor of the achievements of Asian-American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player(s) who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Playersmust be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The one-year grant of $1,000 is given to one male and one female Asian American junior recipient. Deadline is Jan. 7, 2015.
 
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender (LGBT) Scholar-Athlete Leadership Grant: In honor of the achievements of LGBT tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player(s) who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Playersmust be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The one-year grant of $1,000 is given to one male and one female junior recipient. Deadline is Jan. 7, 2015.
 
Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant: In honor of the achievements of Native American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player(s) who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Playersmust be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The one-year grant of $1,000 is given to one male and one female Native American junior recipient. Deadline is Jan. 7, 2015.

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Your specific USTA section also regularly offers grant and scholarship opportunities at the state and regional level. Click on your specific district to find out about the resources available in your area.

 

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USTA Caribbean USTA Florida
USTA Northern USTA Midwest
USTA Texas USTA Missouri Valley
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