Jenna Abante of Beaumont, Shane Kyral of Harlingen, Brittany Stevens of Kaufman, Garrett Thompson of College Station and Lynsey Maciolek of San Antonio to Receive Scholarships from USTA Serves and the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association.
USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced today that five high school students from the USTA Texas Section were awarded either a $6,000 College Educational Scholarship or a $1,000 College Textbook Scholarship. The Foundation has granted 78 high school students a variety of college scholarships this spring, totaling over $400,000.
The honorees were selected from applicants throughout the country on the basis of their commitment to academic success, their local community and their participation in tennis. An objective of USTA Serves is to encourage America’s youth to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.
USTA Serves awards College Educational Scholarships annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. The $6,000 scholarship will be awarded over four years to students entering a two or four-year college or university. The following four students are among the 55 scholarship winners from across the nation:
• Jenna Abante – West Brook Senior High School. Jenna is on the National Honor Society and she is ranked No. #7 in her graduating class. She participates in USTA tournaments and she is the captain of her tennis team. She will attend the University of Texas at Austin where she will major in Speech/Language Pathology.
• Shane Kyral – Harlingen High School South. Shane is President of the National Technical Honor Society and the Treasurer of the National Honor Society. He is ranked No. #4 in his graduating class. He is a USTA sectional-ranked player and he was the District singles runner-up for his high school tennis team. He will attend the University of the Incarnate Word (TX) where he will major in Pharmacy.
• Brittany Stevens – Kaufman High School. Brittany received the AP Scholar Award and is a National Merit Scholar. She is ranked No. #7 in her graduating class. She plays USTA tournaments and she is the captain of her tennis team. She will attend the University of Texas at Austin where she will major in Psychology.
• Garrett Thompson – A & M Consolidated High School. Garrett received the Prudential Spirit of Community award and he was the 4-H Achievement State Project winner. He plays USTA tournaments and he is on his high school tennis team. He will attend Texas A & M University where he will major in Civil Engineering.
USTA Serves established a College Textbook Scholarship which provides a one-time award of $1,000 to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies.
• Lynsey Maciolek – Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio is among the 16 scholarship winners selected from across the nation.
“USTA Serves is proud to have contributed over $3 million in scholarships since 2001, including over $400,000 in 2011 to help these deserving students across the country begin their college careers,” said Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “Each year we are inspired by the students’ ability to balance outstanding academic achievements with community service and an involvement in tennis. It is our hope and firm belief that these young men and women will continue to positively impact the sport of tennis and the world at large throughout their lives.”