USTA FOUNDATION TO AWARD $310,000 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
For Immediate Release
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 19, 2020 - The USTA Foundation, the national charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced that it has granted 32 high school students a variety of college scholarships totaling $310,000.
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. This year, for the first time, all 32 scholarship recipients are from NJTL programs across the country. "During these challenging times, scholarships are more important than ever and the USTA Foundation is committed to supporting the educational journeys of these exceptional students
who have proven their academic excellence and community service," said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. "We congratulate the 2020 award recipients on their path towards continued education and leadership through tennis."
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 participated extensively 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 2020 recipient is Daniela Padron-Castillo of Duncanville, Texas.
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 2020 recipients are Dayelline Estrada-Britton of Bordentown, N.J., and Shane Lerkvikarn of Quincy, Mass.
Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award(students each receive $10,000 award)
This scholarship was named in memory of Dwight A. Mosley, the first African American elected to the USTA Board of Directors. The Dwight Mosley Scholarship is available to high school seniors of ethnically diverse heritage who have excelled academically and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program. Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship on and off the court. The 2020 recipients are Summer Clemons of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Trinity Grear of Columbia, Md.