National Junior Scholar-Athlete Award

Award Overview: The USTA National Scholar-Athlete Award recognizes one male and one female high school junior or senior, nationally ranked in the top 100 with an unweighted GPA of 3.75 and higher on a 4.0 scale, and who demonstrates leadership in the tennis community through strong personal character and achievements.


Award recipients are awarded $2,000 from the Wingfield Society, an organization of USTA volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of tennis and named for Major Walter C. Wingfield, who is recognized as the inventor of the modern game. The time and location for award recognition will be determined as soon as possible.

Past Winners:

2022: Masato Perera, USTA SoCal; Sophia Wang, USTA Florida

2021: Not awarded
2020: Theodore Dean, USTA NorCal; India Houghton, USTA NorCal
2019: Niraj Komatineni, USTA Midwest; Zoe Howard, USTA Mid-Atlantic
 Jared Pratt, USTA Southern; Danielle Willson, USTA SoCal
2017: Austen Huang, USTA NorCal; Stephanie Schrage, USTA Eastern
2016: David Horneffer, USTA Midwest; Alexis Milunovich, USTA New England
2015: Sameer Kumar, USTA Midwest; Kimberly Yee, USTA Intermountain
2014: Xavier Gonzalez, USTA Texas; Nicole Kalhorn, USTA Intermountain
2013: Benjamin Tso, USTA New England; Anna Sanford, USTA Midwest
2012: Jason Brown, USTA Midwest; Mitchell Krueger, USTA Texas; Mihir Kumar, USTA Midwest; Nicholas Mahlangu, USTA Intermountain; Hannah Camhi, USTA Eastern


Selection Criteria:

  • Junior or senior in high school (graduating class of 2023 or 2024)

  • USTA National Standing in the Top 100 (boys'/girls' 18s) as of March 8, 2023

  • An unweighted GPA of 3.75 (on a 4.0) scale; honors and/or AP/IB classes will be given additional consideration in the selection process

  • Leadership and service to the community

  • Sportsmanship


Below, you will find the link that begins your application process. In a survey, you will be asked to supply the following information prior to proceeding to the next stage of the application process. 

  • Name & contact information

  • Graduation date

  • Test results: PSAT/SAT/ACT/AP/IB (as applicable)

  • Class rank (if applicable)

  • USTA ranking

  • Extracurricular activities, community service, and leadership awards


To begin the application process, click on the following link: National Junior Scholar-Athlete Award. After successfully submitting the above information, please submit the additional materials necessary (listed below) to complete your application. The Scholar-Athlete Award application deadline is Monday, May 1, at 5 p.m. ET. Late applications will not be accepted.


Application materials

1. Answer one prompt in 250 to 500 words

  1. The lessons we learn from tennis, and the unique challenges competitive tennis provides are fundamental to our success on and off the court. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did your junior tennis experience help you deal with this challenge, and what did you learn from the experience?

  2. Reflect on something or someone who has helped you in your junior tennis journey that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

  3. Every student is unique. Every competitor is unique. What do you feel is your “superpower," and how does that set you apart from other scholar-athletes?


2. Copy of official high school transcript with PSAT/SAT/ACT/AP/IB scores (as applicable)


3. Teacher & Coach Recommendation

  • Applicant’s teacher recommendation letter

  • Applicant’s coach recommendation letter


The essays, transcripts, test scores, and recommendation letters should be scanned and emailed to prior to the May 1 deadline.


It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that both teacher and coach recommendation form and supporting letter are submitted by the application deadline. All complete submitted applications and supporting information will be reviewed after the deadline and the selected recipients will be contacted at the end of July.

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