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Atlanta Graduate Awarded $10,000 USTA Tennis & Education Foundation Scholarship

June 4, 2004 03:52 PM

Veronica Maxam, a recent graduate from Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta, GA, has been awarded the $10,000 Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award by the United States Tennis Association Tennis & Education Foundation for her stellar academic performance, impressive list of diverse extracurricular activities and USTA participation.

Maxam, 18, graduated with an average of 94 and scored 1120 on her SAT’s. She hopes to pursue a degree in psychology or pre-med in college and, while she has yet to decide where she will matriculate in the fall, Maxam has already received scholarship offers from several colleges and universities.

Veronica Maxam - $10,000 Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award winner
As a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, cheerleader and MVP of her varsity tennis team, Maxam has kept busy outside of the classroom. She has received numerous awards, scholarships and honors during her four years in high school, including; first place at the state science fair, Best in French III, Stellar Historical Writer, Nike Tennis Camp Scholarship, Character Education Award and Best in English.

She was recently selected to represent the city of Atlanta and Mays High School in a foreign language study abroad program in Toulouse, France.

In addition to playing for on her school’s tennis team, Maxam has been participating in USTA programs and events since 1998. She closed out the 2003 season ranked No. 30 in the USTA Georgia Girls’ 18s and No. 148 in the USTA Southern Section Girls’ 18s and played in some highly competitive tournaments such as the Southern Closed 18s, the Georgia State Junior Closed and the Bullfrog Designated Championships.

While Maxam loves to play, she established early on that school would remain her top priority.

“I learned how to manage my time and at what level I could play without jeopardizing my classroom performance,” she explains. “If nothing else, tennis has taught me the true meaning of cause and effect. I get out of it everything that I put into it. Unlike most sports, tennis is a life sport and I intend to live up to that cliché.”

Erica Adams, former WTA tour player and Maxam’s coach, describes Veronica in her letter of recommendation as “someone armed with a supportive family, immense drive and self motivation.”

The Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award was named after the first African American appointed to the USTA Board of Directors. Dwight Mosley served as USTA secretary and treasurer from 1993 until his death in 1995. He also served as a presidential appointee to the USTA Executive Committee, chairman of the Minority Participation Committee, vice chairman of the USTA/National Junior Tennis League Committee and vice chairman of the Education and Resources Committee.

The scholarship was created in 2001 with input from the USTA Multicultural Participation committee and supports the organization’s goal of promoting multicultural tennis participation. It is available to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated sportsmanship on and off the court, and have been actively involved in an organized community program for a minimum of three years. The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a male and female of diverse ethnic backgrounds who are entering into a four-year college/university program.

Paul Quintela of Hobbs, NM was also awarded the Dwight Mosley Scholarship. Cedric Hines of Newport News, VA won the $10,000 Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship and Jesse Bridley of Pine City, MN and Samantha Tremblay of East Longmeadow, MA are each receiving $2,500 for the Eve Kraft Education and College Scholarship. Additionally, 23 students from around the country will receive a $6,000 USTA Tennis & Education Foundation College Educational Scholarship.

“We have the great responsibility and opportunity to deliver, within the context of tennis and education, positive messages to kids -- about healthy choices and activities,” said Executive Director of the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, Karen Martin-Eliezer. “Using tennis and education to connect with young people through our scholarship program is one of many ways we try to help kids succeed in life on and off the court.”

The Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship is named after the founder of the Davis Cup. In 1900, the year he graduated from Harvard, Davis purchased a 217-troy ounce silver bowl for $750 and offered it as a prize for an international lawn tennis competition.

The Eve Kraft Education and College Scholarship is named for a lifelong champion of recreational tennis. Through her work as a USTA staff member and volunteer, Kraft introduced thousands of young people to the game of tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, established in 1994, promotes, through tennis, educational excellence, good citizenship and self-improvement for at-risk and other special needs youth. The Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to American youth, helps fund USA Tennis National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) programs and programs for youngsters with special needs and supports new initiatives that reach out to inner-city youth. It also assists 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.

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels. A not-for-profit organization, the association is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 167,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.

 

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