WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced that Mirabeau B. Lamar High School senior Brette Machiorlette of Houston, has been named a recipient of a $10,000 Rosalind Walter Scholarship. USTA Serves has granted 59 high school students a variety of college scholarships this spring, totaling more than $410,000.
“It is with great pleasure that USTA Serves is awarding more than $410,000 in scholarships to assist such exemplary students as they prepare to embark on their college journey,” said Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “These young men and women have not only excelled on the tennis court, but have served as role models for others in their schools and communities. It is our hope that as they enter the next chapter of their lives, that they continue to aspire for greatness for themselves and for the betterment of society.”
Machiorelette is a well-rounded scholar-athlete who has excelled in and out of the classroom. She has shown outstanding leadership qualities by creating Reading Aces, a city-wide 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that promotes literacy among at-risk elementary students in Houston community centers. The program recruits, trains and utilizes high school students as mentors. Additionally, the program corresponds with youth tennis sites that are National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) programs. In 2012, she received the Texas Association of Partners in Education (TAPE) Gold Award for her work.
She will attend the University of Texas at Austin, which she has been accepted into their Honors program and the McCombs Business School.
The scholarship is named in honor of Rosalind Palmer Walter, an active member of the USTA Serves Board since its inception. Walter was responsible for funding the first USTA Serves scholarship in 1994. During World War II, Walter worked as a riveter, building the F4U marine gull-winged fighter airplane, becoming the inspiration for the 1942 song “Rosie the Riveter.” Walter took tremendous pride knowing that the hard work, dedication and precision she put into her job helped save lives. The Rosalind P. Walter Scholarship is awarded to a student of good character who puts forth their best effort and gives back to their community in order to make it a better place.
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