The USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Grant presented by Deloitte launched on June 8, 2020, and is a widely acclaimed educational tool. NJTL participants are asked to write essays answering a thought-provoking question requiring research and analysis. The question for the 2020 Essay Grant is, "Everyone measures success differently. How do you strive for success in terms of your character development, education, or tennis?" 

Grants: Open to all students age 18 and under, as of June 8, 2020, who is a participant in a program sponsored by a local NJTL chapter. The 10 best submissions (two in each age group) will be recognized, and the essay author’s NJTL chapter shall receive a $6,000 total directed grant—$5,000 will be utilized to support the essay author’s in chapter-related programming participation costs and expenses and $1,000 will be utilized by the chapter for administration of the same (subject to the NJTL chapter’s grant acceptance).

NJTL Chapters must submit all applications for the USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Grant via the USTA Foundation Funding and Program Portal no later than 12:00pm ET on Friday, July 31, 2020. NJTL Chapters are subject to the terms of the 2020 USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Grant, and will confirm the same upon essay submission into the USTA Foundation Funding and Program Portal. Each NJTL chapter can set a local deadline for applications. NJTL Chapters were emailed materials to help them promote this opportunity for NJTL youth. NJTL youth who wish to participate must contact their local NJTL chapter for more information and to apply. If you have any questions, please email


The National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network is a nationwide network of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. NJTLs are unique because they offer a variety of on-court programming and also educational and life skill components designed to enhance a child’s overall development.

Founded in 1969, this growing network of tennis providers share similar values, ideals and goals by reaching out to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to play tennis, instilling in youngsters the values of leadership and academic excellence, and by giving all kids the opportunity to fully develop their tennis skills so they can derive a lifetime of enjoyment from the sport.

Deloitte, one of the world's largest professional services organizations, has become the first-ever presenting sponsor of the USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Grant. Deloitte has joined forces with the USTA Foundation to help under-resourced youth to advance their education and fulfill their potential.