Yash Parikh, Ethan Prost Awarded Southwest Tennis Foundation Scholarships
April 14, 2017
The Southwest Tennis Foundation announced today that high school seniors Yash Parikh (Tucson. Ariz.) and Ethan Prost (Peoria, Ariz.) were awarded $2,000 college scholarships for their continued dedication to both tennis and scholastic achievement.
Parikh, a senior at Salpointe Catholic in Tucson, has been a consistent Top 5 player Southwest and top 50 national ranking in every age division of play since beginning junior tennis. A fierce competitor and even better sportsman, Parikh is a multi-talented young man, who also holds a 3rd degree black belt in tae kwon do and was a member of the National Honor Society. He interned for the John McCain senate campaign in 2016, and has been part of the Salpointe Ambassador Leader program , a select group of students at Salpointe who excel both in athletics and in the classroom. ADVERTISEMENT He's also been a youth tennis instructor at La Mariposa Club in Tucson.
Parikh has been a consistent member of Team Southwest squads at every age group, including the last two years as member of the Southwest Boys' 18s National Team Championships squad that participated in Illinois.
"I have given everything I have to tennis since day one," said Parikh, who has logged more than 700-plus junior matches in the last decade. "I've always tried to represent the Southwest very well when I've been a team member, I've tried to have good results, but also by always fighting for my matches and showing respect to my opponents, referees and tournament directors."
Parikh will play college tennis at Davidson College (North Carolina).
Prost, of Peoria, Ariz., will graduate from the home school Arizona Connections Academy this year with a cumulative 4.25 GPA. He has been right there with Parikh every step of the way both on the court and off the court.
Also an excellent sportsman (and past USTA Central Arizona Junior Sportsmanship winner) and competitor, Prost reached the top spot in the USTA Southwest boys' 18s end-of-year rankings in 2016, and captured the USTA Southwest Junior Closed in Albuquerque, the section's pre-eminent junior event.
Prost has been playing tennis since age 10, and, like Parikh, has competed in several major national junior events, International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior events and national team events. His highest national ranking has been No. 72. His extra-curricular activities included club soccer, as member of the Future Business Leaders of America, as a volunteer for Christ Church of the Valley and Operation Smile, and as a USTA Central Arizona Kids Tennis Club instructor for the Dysart School District program.
Prost hopes to be a finance major and play tennis at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
"I began playing tennis at age 10 and many coaches told me I had started too late. At age 13, I entered my first L5 junior event and lost first round. I wasn't discouraged, even though at the time I was told I might not be good enough to play college tennis. I used a lot of others' lack of belief in me to motivate me to become a great tennis player and since then I haven't looked back."