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National Junior Scholar-Athlete Award

Award Overview: To recognize high school juniors or seniors, nationally ranked in the Top 100 with an unweighted GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale, who demonstrate that tennis is the sport of opportunity for education and advancement and character development.

 

Pending confirmation: Award recipients will each receive a trip to New York City and be recognized at the USTA Semi-Annual Meeting and Conference. Recipients will be awarded $1,000 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.

Awards on a table

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
2018:
 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 2022 or 2023)

  • USTA National Standing in the Top 100 (boys'/girls' 18s) as of Feb. 16, 2022

  • 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 on and off the court

  • Sportsmanship

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Below you will find the link that will begin 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

  • Tennis ranking

  • Extracurricular activities

 

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, April 18, at 5 p.m. ET. Late applications will not be accepted.

 

Application materials

1. Personal Essay - In 500 words or less, respond to one of the three following prompts:

  • What sets you apart from other scholar-athletes?

  • If you had the authority to change any aspect of tennis in a positive way, what change would you make and why?

  • Define two weaknesses you have on the court and/or in the classroom. What is your approach to overcome them?

 

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 cercone@usta.com prior to the April 18 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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