Unleashing Potential, One Scholarship at a Time

Education and tennis are twin pillars supporting personal growth and excellence. At the Southern Tennis Foundation, we believe that combining these two powerful avenues can propel passionate individuals toward success both academically and athletically.

Eligibility

Before diving into the application process, ensure you're eligible. Here's a refined snapshot of what we look for:

USTA Membership

Must be a current member.

Geographical Criteria

Current resident of a Southern state and must have had residence in a Southern state for a minimum of one school year.

Household Income Caps

  • $100K or less (with no children in college).
  • $120K or less (with 1 or more children in college).

Tennis Participation

  • Played on a high school team for two years OR
  • Participated in Junior Team Tennis, NJTL team or program for two years, OR
  • Ranked in the top 500 in USTA Southern in the past two years

Application Essentials

Must include a high school transcript, a concise essay, a support letter, and financial documentation. Every section of the application must be completed and all supplemental information uploaded for consideration.

Recipient Responsibilities

Be prepared to actively participate in publicity related to your scholarship, cite the pivotal roles of tennis and education in your journey, and provide a photo and/or video.

Available College Scholarships

Investing in Future Leaders

We're committed to recognizing outstanding potential. Every year, the STF awards ten scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving incoming freshmen. Stay dedicated, and this scholarship will accompany you throughout your four-year collegiate journey.

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Beyond the Monetary Value

These scholarships do more than assist with tuition costs. They represent belief, trust, and the promise of potential realized. Through them, we've witnessed the development of extraordinary student-athletes, poised to shape the future.

Current Recipients

Today’s Trailblazers

Adrina Doherty

A passionate player from Rex, GA, Adrina is deeply affiliated with Get a Grip Tennis. She champions the balance between tennis and a vibrant social life, while studying Biology at Tuskegee University. With her admiration for Coco Gauff, she showcases what it truly means to be a young and focused athlete.

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Cassie Cervantes

A spirited leader from Bentonville, AK, Cassie has exhibited immense dedication both as the Tennis Team Captain at Bentonville West and in her academic endeavors. Now at Oral Roberts University majoring in Business, she draws inspiration from Rafael Nadal's positive attitude and unmatched sportsmanship.

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Charlie Ratliff

Charlie Ratliff from Madison, MS, a top-ranked junior tennis player and a National Honor Society member, studies Mathematics at Davidson College. Honored with the John Callen Scholarship, he values the life lessons learned through tennis, inspired by Frances Tiafoe's court demeanor.

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Isaiah Robertson

From Tishomingo County, MS, an NJTL participant and Beta Club President, studying Molecular Biology at Boston University. Awarded the Mike McNulty Scholarship, he values tennis for its mental and physical benefits and admires Naomi Osaka's resilience and advocacy.

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Justin Rieckert

Justin Rieckert from Grovetown, GA, a top tennis player at Aquinas High, excels in academics and tennis, pursuing Pre-Med at Dickinson College. As an STF College Scholarship recipient, he draws inspiration from Roger Federer's humility and aims to emulate his composure on and off the court.

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Kendall Moody

Kendall Moody, a Heritage Academy grad from Columbus, MS, excels in tennis and academics. Studying Occupational Therapy at Northwest Mississippi Community College, she coaches junior tennis and volunteers extensively. Awarded the PTR Foundation Scholarship, she's inspired by Coco Gauff's dynamic play.

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Past Recipients

Leaving a Legacy

Our alumni have ventured into various fields, carrying the values of discipline, hard work, and perseverance they cultivated on the tennis court and in the classroom. Their successes stand as a testament to the efficacy and impact of our scholarship programs.

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Nicole
Neal
Nehemiah Atkinson Scholarship
2022
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Aidan
Mahoney
Mildred F. Southern Academic Excellence Award
2021
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Bradey
Minnich
Paul Scarpa Scholarship
2021
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Caroline
Biddle
Mildred F. Southern Academic Excellence Award
2021
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DaQuarris
Poole
David R. Mauritson Memorial Scholarship
2021
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Elizabeth
Vollmin
JL Stacks Memorial Scholarship
2021
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Eve
Moore
Dennis & Pat Van der Meer Higher Education Scholarship
2021
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Jack
Barney
Dennis & Pat Van der Meer Higher Education Scholarship
2021
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Kimani
Green
Dennis & Pat Van der Meer Higher Education Scholarship
2021
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Funds and Endowments

Each scholarship is a legacy that changes lives. Once endowed, these funds create a perpetual impact, providing $1,000 annually to a deserving student-athlete over four years. Discover the stories and successes behind each named scholarship and see how they renew hope and opportunity every year.

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Julie Ditty Qualls Endowed Scholarship
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Jeff Gray Endowed Scholarship
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Todd Crawford Memorial Endowed Scholarship
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John Callen Memorial Endowed Scholarships
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Mike McNulty Endowed Scholarships
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Mildred F. Southern Endowed Scholarships
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Partner with STF

Your generous support can pave the way for more dreams to take flight. Donate, sponsor, or partner with us to ensure the next generation of tennis stars and academic achievers have the resources they need.

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In Their Own Words

"Both tennis and my education have taught me incredibly valuable lessons that have made me who I am today. They have taught me determination, G.R.I.T., work ethic, and courage. I have learned how to manage my time well and to stay motivated when times get hard, and these skills will help me be more successful in life and to reach my goals."
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Cassie C.

2023 Scholarship Awardee