USTA Serves grants $395,000 in college scholarships

June 23, 2013 08:30 AM
By Sally Milano,
USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, is this year granting 58 high school students a variety of college scholarships totaling $395,000.
Each year, USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement and require financial assistance for college studies. One of the primary objectives of the foundation is to encourage children to pursue their goals and dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.
"For many years, USTA Serves has proudly awarded students throughout the country for their outstanding achievements on and off the tennis court," said Dan Faber, USTA Serves Executive Director. "I am excited that we can play a role toward their continuous excellence in academics, as well as their drive to succeed within this great sport. We look to them as the next great leaders, scholars and champions."
The following high school seniors received USTA Serves scholarships in 2013:
Haley Bougher, from Beech Grove High School in Indianapolis, was honored with the $15,000 Marian Wood Baird Scholarship Award, which is given to 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 was named in honor of the late Marian Wood Baird, who served as a USTA volunteer for more than 40 years.
Ravenwood High School’s Vivian Hao of Franklin, Tenn.,and Cooper City High School’s Vincent Ong of Cooper City, Fla., were each awarded the Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship, which is given 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 scholarship is named in honor of Dwight Filley Davis, founder of the Davis Cup international team competition. As this year’s winners, Hao and Ong each will receive $10,000.
Newport High School senior Angela Chen of Bellevue, Wash., and Odyssey Charter School senior Marvin Pagayonan of Las Vegas were named winners of the Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award, which 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 is named in memory of Dwight A. Mosley, the first African-American elected to the USTA Board of Directors. Chen and Pagayonan each will be awarded $10,000 as this year’s recipients.
Lauren Howe-Kerr of Pueblo West High School in Pueblo West, Colo., and James-Roland Markos from University School of Jackson in Jackson, Tenn., both will receive $10,000 as the winners of the Rosalind Walter Scholarship Award. The scholarship is named in honor of Rosalind Palmer Walter, an active member of the USTA Serves Board who funded the first scholarship awarded by the foundation  in 1994. It honors two seniors with high academic achievements who are 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.
Stanton College Prep senior Lara Dedic of Jacksonville, Fla., and State College Area High School senior Cooper Josephs of State College, Pa., each will receive $2,500 as this year’s recipients of the Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship. 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 communities. It is awarded to one male and one female senior who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service, played tennis in an organized program and who reside in an economically-disadvantaged community.
USTA Serves also awarded the USTA Serves College Education Scholarship to 38 high school seniors who excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. The following recipients each received $8,000:
Ricardel Bailey, Boston Community Leadership Academy, Mattapan, Mass.
Alexandru Bucura, Ironwood High School, Glendale, Ariz.
Jelani Butler, Technology High School, Newark, N.J.
Brook Byrd, Warhill High School, Toano, Va.
Steffen Campbell, Oak Street Academy, Conway, S.C.
Constance Capone, Oakcrest High School, Mays Landing, N.J.
Jerik Centeno, Kauai High School, Lihue, Hawaii
Katherina Cheng, Prairie View High School, Commerce City, Colo.
Sarah Clemons, Harlan Community High School, Harlan, Iowa
Robert Conley, Jr., Socastee High School, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Daniell Dunn, Cody High School, Cody, Wyom.
Tara Erhart, Bishop Fenwick, Middletown, Ohio
Courtney Evans, Elizabethton High School, Elizabethton, Tenn.
Lolade Fadulu, Saint Edward's School, Vero Beach, Fla.
Lorena Gutierrez, Colton High School, Colton, Calif.
Dasia Harris, Elkins High School, Sugar Land, Texas
Jason Holmes, Urbana High School, Urbana, Ohio
Westley Lemke, homeschooled, Austin, Texas
Sidney Long, Shaker High School, Loudonwood, N.Y.
Malea Lunt, Highland High School, Gilbert, Ariz.
Andrew Martin, Rim of the World High School, Running Springs, Calif.
Darren Mast, Conestoga Valley Senior High School, Lancaster, Pa.
Darby McCall, Northampton Area High School, Bath, Pa.
Brian Murray, Leon M. Goldstein High School, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Molly Protz, Brookfield Central High School, Brookfield, Wis.
Sydney Ruffin, Winnetonka High School, Gladstone, Mo.
Jorge Ruiz, Montgomery High School, Montgomery, Texas
Madison Salmon, Union Endicott High School, Endicott, N.Y.
Lauren Simons, Woodland High School, Saint George, S.C.
Austin Stefanich, Greenway High School, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Andjela Stojkovic, Brentwood College School, Victoria, B.C.
Andrew Stutz, North Central High School, Indianapolis
Anne Tobias, San Benito High School, Tres Pinos, Calif.
Wesley Upton, Glencoe High School, Hillsboro, Ore.
Bryanna Williamson, Minnehaha Academy, Champlin, Minn.
Madeline Wills, Atlee High School, Mechanicsville, Va.
Justin Wirawan, California High School, San Ramon, Calif.
S. Dominic Wysolmerski, Rutland High School, Rutland, Vt.

Eleven students also received $1,000 as winners of the USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship, which provides a one-time award to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies. This year’s recipients include:
Caroline Crisostomo, Paul VI Catholic High School, Reston, Va.
Ja'Haun Freeman-Clark, Cedar Grove High School, Atlanta
Connor Leahy, Jesuit High School, Portland, Ore.
Colton Padilla, Sandia High School, Albuquerque
Jamie Rosenblum, Warren Hills Regional High School, Port Murray, N.J.
Rylee Rushing, Leonard High School, Leonard, Texas
Victoire Saperstein, Odyssey Charter High School, Las Vegas
Connor Singrey, Warsaw Community High School, Warsaw, Ind.
Jason Strudwick, Valhalla High School, Valhalla, N.Y.
NeTyeau Teague, Camden Central High School, Camden, Tenn.
Samantha Tripp, Coventry High School, Coventry, R.I.


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