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Scholarships

Scholarships are closed for 2023. Next cycle round coming in 2024.

  • Parker Ross Memorial Junior Tennis Grant
    The Parker Ross Memorial Junior Tennis Grant was established to honor Parker’s legacy and his love of tennis. This grant is to provide greater access and opportunity for promising junior players who have the raw talent and drive to up their game and need financial support to compete successfully in USTA junior tennis. The Parker Ross Memorial Junior Tennis Grant is awarded annually to two talented players (one girl and one boy) between the ages of 10 and 18, who have demonstrated a commitment to competitive tennis and the desire to become an outstanding player and student athlete. Eligible expenses for the grant include lessons, court time, equipment, and travel expenses to USTA sanctioned tournaments. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 (only open during this cycle) Amount of Grant: Up to $1,500 Age Requirement: 10-18 years old Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA Member Demonstrate good sportsmanship No suspensions or penalties imposed by tournament committee or other administrative body If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • A.H. Sports Hunter Heck and Lynn Bender Wheelchair Tennis Grant
    On behalf of A.H Sports, this 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 was established to honor the efforts of Hunter Heck and Lynn Bender. 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 grow wheelchair athletes. Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 (only open during this cycle) Amount of Grant: Up to $1,000 Age Requirement: 18 and under Requirements: Reside in the USTA Midwest Section Current USTA Member Current junior wheelchair player Display good sportsmanship on and off the court If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Dorothy Kohl Future Star Achievement Award
    The Dorothy Kohl Future Star Achievement Award will be awarded to USTA Midwest junior female players who are competing as amateurs in Girls 14, 16 or 18 age divisions at the National level, the ITF level and/or the professional level. Players must also demonstrate recent progression in ranking or standing. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 Amount of Grant: $10,000 per Recipient Number of Recipients per Year: Two (2) Recipients Age Requirement: See description above Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA member Female junior tennis player Compete as an amateur in girls 14, 16 or 18 age divisions at the National level, ITF level or professional level Demonstrate progress in ranking If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Harrison and Shelby Memorial Endowment Grant
    The Harrison and Shelby Memorial Endowment Grant was created in 2018 to provide tennis scholarships to local student athletes. The fund honors the short-lived yet impactful lives of the two teens who were so special to many in the Central Indiana tennis community. The fund keeps their legacy alive and helps them be remembered for how they lived. The Harrison and Shelby Memorial Endowment Grant is available to those players residing in the USTA Central Indiana District. This grant may be used for Junior USTA members who need additional financial support to continue developing their game of tennis. The goal of this grant is to help offset the financial cost of tennis for developing players, ages 13 through 15, or in the 8th through 10th grade. These factors are considered in evaluating applications: financial need, good sportsmanship, high character, leadership, work ethic, tournament potential or desire, participation on a high school tennis team and a love of the game of tennis. Cycle I: Not available Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 Amount of Grant: Up to $1,500 Number of Recipients per Year: One (1) Boy and One (1) Girl Age Requirement: 13 - 15 years old Requirements: Reside in USTA Central Indiana Section Current USTA Membership Show high character, leadership, and work ethic No suspension points or other penalties imposed by any tournament committee or other administrative body Current member of/or intending to be a member of their high school tennis team If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Anne Krupp Memorial Individual Scholarship
    The USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation Anne Krupp Memorial Scholarship has been created in partnership with Anne’s family and many of her friends. The scholarship will be presented to one or more USTA Midwest, Inc. (USTA Midwest Section) tennis players or one organization. Individual player must be an adaptive or wheelchair player of any age who needs additional training and/or assistance with travel for Special Olympics, Adaptive Tennis or Wheelchair Tennis. The player should display excellent sportsmanship on and off the court and exhibit the true spirit of Anne. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 (Only if recipient not awarded in cycle I) Amount of Grant: $2,500 Annually Number of Recipients per Year: One (1) Individual or One (1) Organization Age Requirement: All ages; youth and adult Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA member Adaptive or wheelchair player Demonstrate good sportsmanship on and off the court Exhibit true spirit of Anne If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Rick Van Horn Scholarship
    The Rick Van Horn Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Rick Van Horn, a passionate volunteer at the District, Section and National levels. This scholarship awards youth players with funding to advance their educational and tennis interests. Each year, a scholarship will be presented to one junior tennis player from the USTA / Midwest Section. The scholarship is designed to provide assistance to those with a passion to work in the tennis industry, who demonstrates financial need and has shown ability and aptitude as a student and as a tennis player. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 (Only if recipient not awarded in cycle I) Amount of Grant: $1,000 Annually Number of Recipients per Year: One (1) Recipient Age Requirement: High School Senior Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section USTA member Possess a passion to work in tennis industry Planning to attend college/university Demonstrate financial need If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Richard Bradley Memorial Scholarship
    The Richard Bradley Memorial Scholarship was established in September 2014 in memory of Richard Bradley, a tennis supporter whose volunteer service began at the grassroots level in his community and extended through different levels at the USTA with an emphasis on promoting and growing junior tennis. This scholarship is awarded to youth players for funding to advance their educational and tennis interest. This scholarship is presented to one African American junior tennis player from the USTA Midwest Section. The scholarship is designed to provide assistance to those who have demonstrated financial need and have shown ability, aptitude and promise as a student and as a tennis player. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 (Only if recipient not awarded in cycle I) Amount of Grant: $2,500 Annually Age Requirement: High School Senior Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA member African American junior player Demonstrate financial need Player to attend and accredited college/university Demonstrate ability, aptitude and promise as a student and tennis player. If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Diversity Grant Individual Player
    The USTA Midwest, Inc. (USTA Midwest Section) Diversity Individual player grants awarded are intended to assist those within diverse communities in pursuing their tennis-related interests. This grant targets young players (8 to 15 years of age) from racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and LGBTQ+ diverse communities who are starting to play competitive tennis and show a great deal of commitment and potential to become outstanding players. First-time applicants will be given priority over previous grant recipients. This grant will assist those players whose primary barrier to being able to continue to advance in the sport is a lack of financial support based on family resources. Cycle Close I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle Close II: June 1 - August 1 Amount of Grant: Minimum $500 Age Requirement: 8 - 15 years old Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Part of a racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or LGBTQ+ diverse community Have a financial need based on family resources If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • USTA/MTEF College Scholarship
    The USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation (MTEF) College Scholarship was established in January 1998 to award youth players with funding to advance their educational and tennis interests. Each year, a scholarship is presented to one female and one male tennis player from the USTA Midwest Section. The scholarship is designed to aid those who have demonstrated financial need and have shown ability, aptitude and promise as students and as tennis players. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 Amount of Grant: Up to $2,500 to 1 male and 1 female Amount of Recipients per Year: One (1) Male and One (1) female Age Requirement: High School Senior Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA member Currently attend or plan to attend an accredited college/university Demonstrate financial need Demonstrate ability, aptitude and promise as a student tennis player. If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Kevin Minor Legacy Scholarship
    The Kevin Minor Legacy Scholarship was created in honor of Kevin Minor, a dedicated husband, ultimate girl dad, and tennis parent. Kevin and his wife raised three elite student athletes who played NCAA Division I tennis and knew all too well the sacrifices that came with it and so easing the financial burden for other families is something that he would love. Kevin believed that it is part of his community responsibility to bless others as he and his family have been blessed. This scholarship will go towards supporting the training and travel for a female, USTA/Midwest Section junior tennis player under the age of 14 and their family. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Amount of Grant: $5,000 Annually Number of Recipients per Year: One (1) Recipient Age Requirement: Under 14 years of age Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Female If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation Individual Grant
    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. USTA/MTEF is the charitable and philanthropic entity of the USTA Midwest, Inc. (USTA Midwest Section) and has expanded its mission to support programs for specific adult populations including Adaptive Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis, Special Olympics, and Veterans with disabilities. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 Amount of Grant: Minimum $500 Age Requirement: 18 and under Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA Member No suspensions or penalties imposed by tournament committee or other administrative body Foundation Individual Grant cannot be awarded to the same player(s) both grant cycles Demonstrate good sportsmanship If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Anne Krupp Memorial Organization Scholarship
    The USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation Anne Krupp Memorial Scholarship has been created in partnership with Anne’s family and many of her friends. The scholarship will be presented to one or more USTA Midwest, Inc. (USTA Midwest Section) tennis players or one organization. Organizations may offer programs for people of all ages focusing on Special Olympics, Adaptive and/or Wheelchair Tennis. The organization should display excellent sportsmanship on and off the court and exhibit the true spirit of Anne. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 (Only if recipient not awarded in cycle 1) Amount of Grant: $2,500 Annually Number of Recipients per Year: One (1) Individual or One (1) Organization Age Requirement: All ages; youth and adult Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA Organization member Demonstrate good sportsmanship on and off the court Exhibit the true spirit of Anne If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Diversity Organization Grant
    The USTA Midwest, Inc. (USTA Midwest Section) Tennis Diversity Program Grant is available to those organizations who initiate/expand USTA programs, or recreational tennis programs to racially, ethnically, socio-economic, and LGBTQ+ diverse communities. The goal of this grant is to increase tennis participation among adults or youth within these specific groups. Any program registration fee should be reasonable to encourage participation, be affordable for families in the community, and provisions made for interested participants who lack funds. Applying organizations must be open to all people, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or veteran status. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 Amount of Grant: Minimum $500 Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA Organization Member Tax Exempt Must have current liability insurance On-court director and applicant must both be Safe Play compliant Any program registration fee should be reasonable Program must be open to all people groups If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation Organization Grant
    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. USTA/MTEF is the charitable and philanthropic entity of the USTA Midwest, Inc. (USTA Midwest Section) and has expanded its mission to support programs for specific adult populations including Adaptive Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis, Special Olympics, and Veterans with disabilities. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 Amount of Grant: Up to $5,000 Annually Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA Organization Membership Tax Exempt Current liability insurance coverage Safe Play certification for the on-court director and the individual submitting the application Applications will be limited to one grant per year unless exceptional circumstances warrant additional consideration If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Community Tennis Association Program Grant
    The Community Tennis Association Grant is available to those eligible Community Tennis Associations seeking to start new or expand existing USTA or USTA Midwest Section programs. The USTA Midwest Section is committed to promoting tennis at the local level. To that end, we offer program grants to assist organizations in initiating or expanding their tennis programming activities. Grants may be used to develop instructional programs and/or organized league play for players of all ages, abilities, and populations. Our long-term goal is to help programs become self-sufficient. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 Amount of Grant: Minimum $500 Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA Organization Member If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Robert P. and Barbara D. Harris Community Tennis Grant
    The Robert P. & Barbara D. Harris Community Tennis Grant is available to those eligible Community Tennis Associations and Organization seeking to start a new or expand an existing USTA programs. These grants may be used to develop instructional programs, assist organizations in initiating or expanding their tennis programing or organize league play for players of all ages, abilities, and populations. Our long-term goal is to help programs become self-sufficient. Cycle I: January 5 - March 1 Cycle II: June 1 - August 1 Amount of Grant: Up to $1,000 Requirements: Reside in USTA Midwest Section Current USTA Organization Member Tax Exempt Current liability insurance coverage Safe Play certification for the on-court director and the individual submitting the application Applicants will be limited to one grant award per year unless exceptional circumstances warrant additional consideration Organization must show a plan to become self-sufficient by generating its own funding to continue to offer the program(s). The intent is to support on-going community tennis opportunities. Any registration fees should be reasonable to encourage participation, be affordable to those in the community and provisions made for interested participants who lack funds If you have questions please email us at grantsandscholarships@midwest.usta.com.
  • Growth Committees
    Development (Standing) Committee Goals: Work with staff, focus on funding opportunities throughout the Midwest Section Sponsorships Committee Goals: Work with staff, help to generate corporate and individual connections that result in sponsorships to help fund our community programming Marketing Committee Goals: Work with staff, review marketing templates and assist with identifying target markets Cultural Outreach (formerly known as DIOR) Committee Goals: Work with staff to embed the DIOR concepts in the Foundation culture and grow the Foundation’s diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of programming and volunteerism Grant Writing Committee Goals: Work with staff to seek out and apply for grant funding for programming from varied sources
  • Executive Committee
    Committee Goals: The Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the Foundation. With authorization by the Board, the Executive Committee may disburse funds acting on behalf of the Board, provided the Executive Committee stays within the general policies and overall budget for the year established by the Board and provided the Executive Committee reports such actions to the Board at its next meeting. Regular meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held as needed. All actions taken by the Executive Committee shall be based on a majority vote of the entire Executive Committee. In even-numbered years, the Executive Committee shall appoint a Nominating Committee of at least five Directors.
  • Operations Committees
    Grants/Scholarships (Standing) Committee Goals: Publicize, evaluate, and distribute funds to individuals and providers who apply to the Foundation while expanding grants/scholarships and continuing to automate/integrate technology Finance (Standing) Committee Goals: Provide oversight and direction for the three standing subcommittees: Audit, Building, and Budget and provide financial guidance for the Foundation Audit (Standing subcommittee of Finance) Committee Goals: Review the audit report to assure compliance and to report to the Foundation Board Building (Standing subcommittee of Finance) Committee Goals: Work with staff and the Finance Committee to assure the integrity and maintenance of the building structure as well as oversee the building as a rental property Budget (Standing subcommittee of Finance) Committee Goals: Work with staff to assure the timeliness of an annual balanced budget and report to the Foundation Board Investment Committee Goals: Work with staff on portfolio oversight Nominating (Standing) Committee Goals: On or before September 1 in even-numbered years, the Executive Committee shall appoint a Nominating Committee of at least five Directors to determine the slate for the election of the Board, the Officers, and the Executive Committee Director-At-Large.
  • Tennis Programming Committees
    NJTLs and Indy NJTL Committee Goals: Work with staff to align the needs of the USTA/Midwest Section’s NJTLs and create new opportunities for funding through the Foundation. CTAs Committee Goals: Work with staff and the Districts to increase registration and funding opportunities for programming from the Foundation Restricted Programming Committee Goals: Work with staff to assure compliance and maximum programming use of restricted Foundation funds from Districts and private individuals Community Impact Committee Goals: Work with staff to analyze statistics from Hello Insight as well as other “captured data” Section Partnerships Committee Goals: Work with the Midwest Section to provide funding for programming funded and supported by the Foundation Wheelchair/Adaptive Committee Goals: Work with staff and the Midwest Section Wheelchair/Adaptive committees to create additional funding opportunities for the Foundation First Service Doubles Committee Goals: Continue to expand and seek additional funding for First Serve Doubles through the Foundation
  • Board of Directors
    Learn more about our board of directors here.
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