2020 Junior Player Scholarship Program
Newly Expanded Junior Player Scholarship Program Ready for Applicants
A newly expanded Junior Player Scholarship program from USTA Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS), a non-profit organization, aims to help young tennis players at any skill level pursue the sport and ease financial burden along the way.
The Junior Player Scholarship program, available now, helps beginners, intermediate and advanced youth tennis players find their full potential through the sport by defraying costs that may hinder participation and progress. The section program provides financial support for lessons, classes, camps - in-person and virtual - as well as equipment and other related costs and is available for any youth tennis players with financial need living in the Mid-Atlantic region.
“Our scholarship program is a way we can take meaningful action to ensure that tennis is for all children no matter their background, zip code, or financial means,” says Beth Twomey chief operating officer for USTA Mid-Atlantic Section. “When we make tennis easily accessible, especially financially, more children can not only get into the sport but stay in the sport and experience a lifetime of social, emotional, and physical benefits from the game.”
For many years the Section provided player scholarships and in 2020 saw the opportunity to restructure and expand the program to all levels of players, a move that earned recognition from the Aspen Institute Project Play, catapulting the MAS into the 2020 Class of Project Play Champions.
“In the current climate and as we grapple with the effects of a pandemic, we know parents have more worries than ever, and in communities that are marginalized and economically disadvantaged these worries are exponentially greater,” Twomey adds. “Our hope is that the player scholarship program can ease at least some of the stress that families face and give kids a sense of confidence knowing that they can keep playing tennis and growing their love for sports.”
The Junior Player Scholarship is structured as an expense reimbursement and includes an application and essay submission. Those interested in the Junior Player Scholarship can find more information about the criteria for the program and a link to the application here.
As players safely return to participate in tennis, families are encouraged to apply for scholarships as soon as possible.
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