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USTA’s Tennis & Education Foundation Announces 2006 Scholarship And Grant Recipients

September 21, 2006 01:59 PM

USTA’s Tennis & Education Foundation (T&EF) announced the 2006 recipients for grants and scholarships. Seven of the 81 college-bound scholarship winners and three of the 37 grants represented the Southern Section.

Maggie Bashford of Raleigh, North Carolina received the Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship. Bashford has selected to attend Duke University, which had an acceptance rate of less than 20% last year. Bashford earned the $7500 scholarship by participating in tennis, other activities and boasting a 4.88 GPA and a 2230 score on the new SAT. This scholarship fund was created by the late Dwight F. Davis III and is currently supported by the Davis family.

The USTA T&EF College Educational Scholarship was awarded to three individuals in the Southern Section. Shanell Holloway of Saluda, South Carolina was a member of the Saluda High School’s Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) team that won first place in the “creative problem solving” competition at the HOSA state convention. Jennifer Mabe of Brown Summit, North Carolina and Sara Sipes of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky will receive the $6000 scholarship as well. This award was given to winners for their academic excellence and extensive participation in organized tennis. The USTA T&EF scholarship is partially supported by the Ambrose Monell Foundation.

Justin diFeliciantonio of Columbus, Georgia and Lauren Kulp of Winston-Salem, North Carolina were each awarded a $5000 Mass Mutual Scholarship. diFeliciantonio served on the Georgia Superintendents Student Advisory Council during the 2003-2004 school year. He also won the “Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records” award from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. Kulp was a 2006 winner of Kohl’s Kids Who Care for her work in raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Zikomo Smith of Lithonia, Georgia received a $500 College Textbook Award. This award is supplied by USTA T&EF as well. Smith boasted a 13-0 record in 2006 for Southwest DeKalb High School at No. 2 Singles.

Three grants were awarded to Southern Section organizations through the Aces for Kids Program. This program promotes healthy lifestyles by fighting obesity and giving disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn how to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. The Southern Alabama Tennis Association was awarded an $11400 grant. The Mentoring, Academics, Computers & Healthy Recreation (MACH) Academy in Aiken, South Carolina and Martinez, Georgia received a $15000 grant. These two grants were given from Round I of the Aces for Kids Program.

The third grant and largest award to a Southern Section person or group was $25000 to the Communities in Schools of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. This group encourages youth to stay in school by connecting them, and their families and schools with the best social and educational services in their community. This grant was a result of Round II of the Aces for Kids Program.




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