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USTA Foundation awards 31 students a total of $300,000 in college scholarships

USTA Foundation, the national charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has announced that it has granted 31 high school students a variety of college scholarships totaling $300,000.

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Each year, the USTA Foundation awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs such as the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network, have demonstrated high academic achievement, and require financial assistance for college matriculation.

“The USTA Foundation is committed to supporting the educational endeavors of students, and proud to award these scholarships to deserving individuals who have shown academic excellence and commitment to community service,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. “We congratulate this year’s winners on taking the next step toward higher education while using tennis as their conduit.”

The following scholarships will be granted to high school seniors:

Marian Wood Baird Scholarship Award (student receives $15,000 award)

Awarded to one high school senior who has excelled academically, demonstrated achievements in leadership, and actively participated in an organized community tennis program. The Marian Wood Baird Scholarship was created by the Baird family and named in honor of the late Marian Wood Baird, who had been recognized by the USTA for more than 40 years of volunteer service. The 2017 recipient is Lillian Chamberlin of Harbor Springs, Mich.

Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship (students each receive $10,000 award)

The Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship is granted to two high school seniors who have performed with distinction and have actively participated in extracurricular activities, community service and an organized tennis program. The award is named for Dwight Filley Davis, who began playing tennis at the age of 15 in 1894. In 1900, the year he graduated from college, Davis purchased a commemorative silver bowl as a prize for an international lawn tennis competition, marking the birth of the Davis Cup. Davis became president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association in 1923. His grandson, Dwight F. Davis III, created the scholarship to honor his grandfather’s achievements and contributions to tennis. The 2017 recipients are Michel Landon Gloaguen of Houston, and Morgan Richardson of Center Point, Ala.

Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award (students each receive $10,000 award)

The Dwight Mosley Scholarship is presented to two high school seniors of ethnically diverse heritages who have excelled academically and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program. This scholarship was named in memory of Dwight A. Mosley, the first African-American elected to the USTA Board of Directors. The 2017 recipients are Tevani Hibbert of Bronx, NY, and Bernard Thomas III of Jacksonville, Fla.

Rosalind Walter Scholarship Award (students each receive $10,000 award)

The Rosalind Walter Scholarship is presented to two high school seniors who are academically achieving students of good character and who share Walter’s belief in always putting forth one’s best effort and in giving back to one’s community to make it a better place. The scholarship is named in honor of Walter, an active member of the USTA Foundation Board since its inception. Walter was responsible for funding the first USTA Foundation scholarship in 1994. The 2017 recipients are Priya Kukreja of Omaha, Neb. and Kevin Tran of Saint Paul, Minn.

Professional Tennis Management Scholarship (students each receive $10,000 award)

Last year, the USTA Foundation developed the Professional Tennis Management (PTM) Scholarship targeting high school seniors who exhibit a passion for tennis and plan on attending one of six colleges currently offering a PTM program. The 2017 recipients are Ryan Jenne of Mill Spring, N.C., who will be attending Methodist University and Payton Newcomb of Orlando, Fla. who will be attending University of Central Florida.

Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship (students receive $2,500 award)

The Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship is bestowed upon two high school seniors, one male and one female, who have excelled academically, meaningfully served their communities, played tennis in an organized program, and who reside in an economically disadvantaged community. This scholarship is named in memory of Eve Kraft of Princeton, N.J., a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged areas.The 2017 recipients are Julian Loera of Milwaukee, Wis., and Eunice Lai of San Diego.

USTA Foundation College Education Scholarship (students each receive $10,000 award)

The USTA Foundation annually awards the College Education Scholarship to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service, and participated in an organized tennis program. The 2017 recipients are:


First Name Last Name City State
Jeanine Acierto Centreville VA
Jace Akagi-Okuma Mililani HI
Alexandra Brazier Sammamish WA
Joshua Carlberg Aitkin MN
Taylor Collado Baldwinsville NY
Michael Heile Prior Lake MN
Sophie Henderson Las Vegas NV
Gabriel Herrera Laredo TX
Maxwell Ho San Francisco CA
Justice Jones Laurel MD
Guillermo Lopez-Torres Toa Alta PR
Yok Eyh Ma Manteca CA
Kajen Monroe Hawthorne FL
Sar Oo New Bern NC
Trina Pham Mauldin SC
Tajmarie Preddie Bronx NY
Julia Ronney San Diego CA
Jonathan Rosenblum Port Murray NJ
Marilyn Ruiz Shenandoah IA
Jonah Wafula Corvallis OR

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