Scholarships Help Hard Working Students Succeed

June 9, 2008 10:47 AM

The United States Tennis Association and the Tennis & Education Foundation has granted 54 high school students a variety of college scholarships this spring, totaling $287,000. Jennifer Nyman, Micah Roberts, Chelsea Whitehurst and Athenia Peterson have all been deserving recipients of these scholarships.

There were 37 winners nationwide of a $6,000 College Educational Scholarship by the United States Tennis Association Tennis & Education Foundation. The 37 honorees were selected from applicants throughout the country on the basis of their commitment to academic success, their local community and the game of tennis. An objective of the USTA T&EF is to encourage America’s youth to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens. Athenia Peterson, a senior at Hollis F. Price Middle College High School, Micah Roberts, a senior at Kentucky Country Day School and Jennifer Nyman, a senior at Freedom High School all received this $6,000 scholarship.

A member of the school tennis team, Peterson volunteers much of her time as a tutor and mentor at her former school, the Marcus Garvey Institute and Teaching Academy, through an alumni program she helped create. She has been recognized for her achievements in the classroom and community with the Garvey Community Service Award and Pioneer Award. Price will be attending Westminster College to study biological sciences in the fall

Kentucky Country Day School’s Roberts is a well-rounded, high achieving student who has extensive experience in tennis. In addition to participating on his school’s varsity squad, Roberts is co-captain of the USTA Team tennis. He excels in Latin and was awarded with Maxima Cum Laude honors on the national Latin exam.

An All-Conference tennis player, Nyman maintains strong grades while remaining active in her school and community. She is the senior class secretary and recipient of the Lady Patriot Award for tennis. Nyman is a member of the French and National Honor Societies, and is actively involved with the Friends for Animals Club. She will attend Brevard College in the fall and major in environmental studies.

Chelsea Whitehurst of Augusta Preparatory Day School in Aiken, S.C., has been named recipient of the $2,500 Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship. This scholarship is named in memory of Eve Kraft of Princeton, New Jersey, a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to the game of tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Kraft became the first-ever women’s varsity tennis coach at Princeton in 1971 and led the team to an undefeated record during her three-year tenure. She later founded and was director of the USTA Center for Education and Recreational Tennis in Princeton.

Whitehurst is a member of the tennis team at Augusta Preparatory Day School and founder of the Teens Teach Tennis program. She has excelled in the classroom, garnering AP scholar honors in three subjects. She is a member of Relay for Life, service club, and a tutor. She plans to study international relations/political science at Georgetown University.

“By supporting young people we are investing in America’s future,” said Karen Martin Eliezer, Executive Director of the USTA Tennis and Education Foundation. “With the help of these scholarships, it is our hope that the students will continue to pursue their goals and act as stewards of their communities as they move on to higher education and throughout their lives.”