The USTA Foundation, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, has announced that four Southern California students have been granted College Educational Scholarships. The Foundation granted 53 high school students nationwide a variety of college scholarships this spring, totaling $373,000.
Sarah Hinton of Downey was named a recipient of a $2,500 Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship.
Hinton, 17, is the president of the Mesa Goathill Go-Getter 4-H Club. As a Special Olympics volunteer tennis coach, volunteer wheelchair tennis coach and NJTL tennis coach, while being homeschooled with her two older sisters throughout high school. Hinton has also gone through the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Private School Program in Santa Ana.
Hinton has been playing tennis since she was six years old. Her tennis mentor is longtime Biola University women’s tennis coach Dee Henry. Hinton will attend Cerritos Community College in the fall.
The Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship is bestowed upon two high school seniors, one male and one female, who have excelled academically, meaningfully served their communities, played tennis in an organized program and who reside in an economically disadvantaged community. This scholarship is named in memory of Eve Kraft of Princeton, N.J., a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged areas. 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 became director of the USTA Center for Education and Recreational Tennis in Princeton.
Other winners of $8,000 College Educational Scholarships included Emma Arenas of Temecula, Carson’s Janelle Allison Pangan, a recent graduate of Torrance High, and Chad Leduff of Valencia.
The honorees were selected from applicants throughout the country on the basis of their commitment to academic success, to their local community and to their participation in tennis. An objective of the USTA Foundation is to encourage America’s youth to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.
The USTA Foundation awards the College Educational Scholarship annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. The $8,000 scholarship will be awarded over four years to students entering a two or four-year college or university.
“The USTA Foundation is once again excited to award these hard-working, well-deserving seniors,” said Dan Faber, USTA Foundation Executive Director. “We are proud to contribute to their academic achievements, and look forward to their continued success.”