USTA Tennis and Education Foundation to Grant Scholarships

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation (USTA T&EF), the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association, today announced that it will grant 54 high school students a variety of college scholarships totaling $287,000 this spring.

An objective of the USTA T&EF is to encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens. Each year, the USTA T&EF awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, and have demonstrated a financial need for college matriculation.

“By supporting young people we are investing in America’s future,” said Karen Martin Eliezer, Executive Director of the USTA Tennis and Education Foundation. “With the help of these scholarships, it is our hope that the students will continue to pursue their goals and act as stewards of their communities as they move on to higher education and throughout their lives.”

The following scholarships will be granted to high school seniors this spring:

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

Bestowed upon one high school senior who has excelled academically, demonstrated achievements in leadership, and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program, the Marian Wood Baird Scholarship is named in honor of the late Marian Wood Baird, who had been recognized by the USTA for over 40 years of volunteer service. The 2008 recipient is West Aurora High School senior Alison Krantz, of Sugar Grove, IL.

Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award (one female and male receive $10,000 award)

The Dwight Mosley Scholarship is presented to two USTA ranked 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. It was created with input from the USTA Multicultural Participation Committee and supports the Level One Priority of Diversity within the USTA. The 2008 recipients are; Heritage High School senior Tonique Merrell, of Newport News, VA, and Barron Collier High School senior Grace Johnson of Naples, FL.

Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship (one female and one male receive $7,500 award)

The Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship is granted to two high school seniors who have performed with distinction, and actively participated in extracurricular activities, community service, and an organized tennis program. Dwight Filley Davis began playing tennis at the age of 15 in 1894. In 1900, the year he graduated from college, Davis purchased a 217-troy ounce silver bowl as a prize for an international lawn tennis competition. This was the birth of the Davis Cup. Davis became president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association in 1923. The 2008 recipients are; Medical Lake High School senior Max Nelson, of Cheney, WA and Holliston High School senior Marissa Kelley, of West Harwich, MA.

Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship (one female and male 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, demonstrated community service, 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, NJ, a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to the game of tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities. The 2008 recipients are; South High School senior Nelson Iginla of Minneapolis, MN, and Augusta Prepatory Day School senior Chelsea Whitehurst, of Aiken, SC.

USTA Tennis & Education USTA T&EF College Textbook Scholarship (10 Students to receive $1,000)

The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation has established a college textbook scholarship which provides a one-time award to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies.

Section Student City, State High School
Eastern Irvin Martinez Newark, NJ Technology High School
Eastern Gabriela Medina Rock Hill, NY Monticello High School
Intermountain Kay (Beau) Freckleton Park City, Ut Park City High School
Middle States Rafael Greenberg Philadelphia, Pa J.R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School
Midwest Jasmine Ahmed Mokena, Ill. Lincoln-Way Central
Midwest Andrew Jung Battle Creek, Mich Battle Creek Lakeview
Missouri Valley Mary Katherine Fielding Cleveland, Okla. Cleveland High School
Southern John Landers Hartselle, Ala. Hartselle High School
So. Cal Iris Zuniga Arvin, Calif. Arvin High School
Texas Kayli Ragsdale Austin, Tex. Lake Travis High School

USTA Tennis & Education Foundation College Education Scholarship (37 students to each receive $6,000 award)

The USTA T&EF awards college education scholarships annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program.

Section Student City, State High School
Caribbean Andres Orobitg Guaunabo, P.R. Colegio Marista
Eastern Genesis Cayetano Mount Vernon, N.Y. Mount Vernon High School
Eastern David Nelson Mount Vernon, N.Y. Mount Vernon High School
Eastern Marie Revekant Pittsford, N.Y. East Rochester High School
Eastern Naomi Burnside Bronx, N.Y. HS of American Studies
Florida Kristin Greenup New Port Richey, Fla. River Ridge High School
Florida Marie LeBlanc Fort Pierce, Fla. Fort Pierce Westwood H.S.
Hawaii Pacific Braxton Sato Kaneohe, Hi. Iolani School
Intermountain Paige Allen Fairfield, Mont. Fairfield High School
Intermountain Roksolana Fajda Denver, Colo. South High School
Mid-Atlantic Kelly Flynn Richmond, Va. Meadowbrook High School
Middle States Constance Johnson Philadelphia, Pa. Central High School
Middle States Kristen Roth Ardmore, Pa. Lower Merion High School
Midwest Kayla Parsons Milwaukee, Wis. Milwaukee Lutheran H.S.
Midwest Heather Walendzik Lowell, Mich. Lowell Senior High School
Midwest Ricardo Weaver Cincinnati, Ohio Princeton High School
Missouri Valley Evan Dusenberry Atlantic, Iowa Atlantic High School
Missouri Valley Seth Harris Waverly, Neb. Waverly High School
New England Sarah Costa Tiverton, R.I. Tiverton High School
Northern California Keith Edwards Livermore, Calif. Granada High School
Northern California Ngoc-Anh Le Campbell, Calif. Del Mar High School
Northern Trista Arendt Bloomer, Wis. Bloomer High School
Northern Melissa Doyle Mendota Heights, Minn. Convent of the Visitation
Northern Marie Holtzmann Yankton, S.D. Yankton High School
Pacific Northwest Holly Darnell Portland, Ore. Central Catholic High School
Pacific Northwest Katrina Schwab Spokane, Wash. Mead Senior High School
Pacific Northwest Shravan Sriganesh Homedale, Idaho Homedale High School
Pacific Northwest Krishnaveni Subbiah Beaverton, Ore. Beaverton High School
Southern Jennifer Nyman Morganton, N.C. Freedom High School
Southern Micah Roberts Louisville, Ky. Kentucky Country Day School
Southern Athenia Peterson Memphis, Tenn. Hollis Price
Southern California Paige Roddy San Bernardino, Calif. Cajon High School
Southern California Steve Pham San Diego, Calif. Westview High School
Southwest Raven Romero Las Vegas, N.M. Robertson High School
Texas Aurra Fellows Houston, Tex. M B Lamar High School
Texas Dustin Miller Fort Worth, Tex. Everman High School
Texas Shanna Scarborough Stephenville, Tex. Huckabay School District

USTA Tennis & Education Foundation

Established in 1994, the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation promotes - through tennis - educational excellence, good citizenship and self-improvement to at-risk and other special needs youth. The Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to American youth, and supports new initiatives that reach out to inner-city youth. It also supports community tennis programs that link tennis with education to provide positive role models, academic assistance, and life skills for the prevention of substance abuse, violence and school-dropouts. The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation (USTA T&EF), is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life among our nation’s youth from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 720,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. For more information on the USTA, log on to


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