USTA/Midwest Foundation Grants
Established in 1992, the USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation Inc. (USTA/MTEF) is dedicated to supporting youth tennis programs, activities, and individuals throughout the USTA/Midwest Section. As the charitable and philanthropic entity of the USTA/Midwest Section, USTA/MTEF's mission also includes supporting programs for adult populations including Adaptive Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis and Veterans with disabilities.
USTA/MTEF accepts applications for grants that fall within the scope of its mission. Individuals funded by USTA/MTEF must be current USTA members and reside within the USTA/Midwest Section that includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, as well as designated counties in Kentucky and West Virginia. To be considered for a grant, players may not have any suspension points or other penalties imposed by the Tournament Committee or other administrative body.
USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation Individual Grant
Grants are offered to junior tennis players of all tennis abilities, and these factors are considered when evaluating applications: age, standings, annual improvement, number events played, academic performance, income/financial need, other resources available, and good sportsmanship.
The deadline to apply for a USTA/MTEF individual grant is January 15, June 15, and September 15 each year (please select only one deadline to apply). Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted online by these specified deadline dates.
USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation Program Grant
Grants are provided to community based youth tennis programs, schools needing equipment to teach students tennis in their physical education classes, and more. A current USTA Organization membership is a requirement to apply for a USTA/MTEF program grant. Grants are also provided to community based adult tennis programs that service Wheelchair Tennis, Adaptive Tennis, and Veterans with disabilities.
The deadline to apply for a USTA/MTEF program grant is January 15, June 15, and September 15 each year (please select only one deadline to apply). Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted online by these specified deadline dates.
A.H. Sports Hunter Heck and Lynn Bender Youth Wheelchair Tennis Grant
"Have the vision to do, and the heart to share"
On behalf of A.H. Sports, this $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a junior wheelchair tennis athlete 18 years or younger who lives in the USTA/Midwest Section. It is designed to help with funding for athletes in the pursuit of excellence on the tennis court. This scholarship is established to honor the efforts of Lynn Bender and Hunter Heck who have both been inspirations in the wheelchair tennis community. Like Lynn and Hunter, the recipient should exemplify persistence, passion, integrity, and leadership skills on the tennis court. Additionally, the recipient should also display these traits beyond the court and pursue activities that help inspire and teach growth for wheelchair athletes.
Lynn is a USPTA and USPTR tennis professional who fell into wheelchair tennis coaching and teaching when she married her husband Curt who has been a wheelchair tennis athlete for years. She serves on both the USTA/Midwest and previously the USTA National wheelchair committees. Lynn’s passion for wheelchair tennis is what drives her to continue growing the sport.
Hunter is a wheelchair tennis athlete who “found his fire again” through the sport. He possess an internal drive to pursue success without barriers. Hunter spent over two years traveling throughout the Midwest and Southeast competing in tournaments and is committed to helping other wheelchair athletes follow their passion as well.
The deadline for 2021 is December 5th at midnight. The deadline for 2022 and all future years will be December 1.
Dorothy Kohl Future Star Achievement Award
This award will be provided to female players who are competing in Girls' 14, 16 and/or 18 age divisions at the national level, ITF level, and/or professional level. Funding will be provided to pay for tournament and player development expenses which include airfare, lodging, entry fees, meals, and coaching.
The deadlines to apply for the Dorothy Kohl award are January 15 each year (please select one deadline to apply) unless all funding is awarded for the January 15 deadline. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted online by these specified deadline dates.
Robert P & Barbara D Harris Community Tennis Grant
This award will be provided to organizations seeking to start or expand tennis programming in their community. Funding will be provided to develop instructional programs, organize league play for players of all ages, ability and populations, create tournament play, or anything that encourages long term growth of tennis programming in the community. Please read more about the Harris family history under our news feed.
EntouRaj for Kids Junior Tennis Grant
This award will be provided to one junior player who is between 14 and 18 years of age competing in USTA and USTA/Midwest Section tournaments. Funding will be provided to pay for tournament and player development expenses which include airfare, lodging, entry fees, meals, and coaching.
The deadline to apply for the EntouRaj for Kids grant is May 1st. The application and supporting documentation must be submitted online by this specified deadline.