USTA Serves to grant scholarships

June 6, 2012

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced that it will grant 59 high school students a variety of college scholarships, totaling more than $410,000.

An objective of USTA Serves is to encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens. 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 matriculation.

“It is with great pleasure that USTA Serves is awarding more than $410,000 in scholarships to assist such exemplary students as they prepare to embark on their college journey,” said Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “These young men and women have not only excelled on the tennis court, but have served as role models for others in their schools and communities. It is our hope that as they enter the next chapter of their lives, that they continue to aspire to greatness for themselves and for the betterment of society.”

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 over 40 years of volunteer service. The 2012 recipient is Alton High School senior Kaitlyn Devine of Bethalto, Ill.

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 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 217-troy ounce 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 2012 recipients are International School senior Han-Chi Fung of Bellevue, Wash., and Del Norte High School senior Yolanda Pham of San Diego, Calif.

Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award (Students each 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 2012 recipients are Ballard High School senior Christine Crawford of Louisville, Ky., and Horizon High School senior Nicolas Montoya of Scottsdale, Ariz.

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 Rosalind Palmer Walter, an active member of the USTA Serves Board since its inception. Walter was responsible for funding the first USTA Serves scholarship in 1994. The 2012 recipients are Mirabeau B. Lamar High School senior Brette Machiorlette of Houston, Tex., and Hutchinson High School senior Robert Rasmussen of Hutchinson, Minn.

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, 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, N.J., a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities. The 2012 recipients are Punahou School senior Shelby Baron of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Odyssey Charter School senior Tanner Berkabile of Las Vegas, Nev.

USTA Serves College Education Scholarship (Students each receive $8,000 award)

USTA Serves awards college scholarships annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. This year’s recipients include:

USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship (Students each receive $1,000)

USTA Serves has established a college textbook scholarship which provides a one-time award to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies. This year’s recipients include: