Students who are interested in tennis scholarships are in luck! There are numerous tennis scholarships that are available to talented tennis players. Some of these awards require students to excel in both academics and athletics while others tend to rely more heavily on athletic performance. Check out the list below for some ideas of where to find tennis scholarships:
USTA Foundation Scholarships
USTA maintains a number of scholarships that are open to tennis players. Foe example, the Marian Wood Baird College Scholarship provides up to $15,000 to talented players. The award is divided up into four increments of $3,750 per year for four years. The money can be used towards textbooks, room and board, or tuition. The money is sent directly to the recipient’s college or university. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must be in their last year of high school. Additionally, they must have competed in a community tennis program during their high school years and display sportsmanship. The scholarship highlights that it seeks students who have excelled both academically and in athletics. Additional information about this scholarship and other awards offered through USTA Foundation can be found at the following website: http://www.ustafoundation.com/grants_scholarships/scholarship_list/.
Many students seek to play tennis at the highest collegiate level which is also known as NCAA Division I. Some of the best men’s tennis programs can be found at Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA, and Virginia. Some of the best women’s programs can be found at North Carolina, Florida State, Stanford, and Duke. Typically, top athletes are recruited from high school tournaments. Often, the NCAA scholarships are awarded to high school students who have ranked as a top player in their state or region. Some recipients are even considered All-American, making these scholarships incredibly competitive. Men’s tennis teams only receive 4.5 scholarships per team and these awards are typically divide among all players. Women’s tennis teams receive 8 scholarships at the Division I level. Students also may be eligible to play at Division II or Division III schools. Typically, there is some funding available for Division II tennis teams but not Division III teams. Additional information about these scholarships can be found here: http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/scholarships.
Roger Sorensen Tennis Scholarship
This scholarship is open to talented tennis players who are currently attending or who plan to enroll at Eastern Illinois University. Only students who plan to attend on a full-time basis will be considered for the scholarship. Students must hold at least a 2.5 grade point average from high school and must show a high level of athletic promise based on their high school tennis achievements. Selections for the scholarships are made by a selection committee, which includes the tennis coach and athletic direction. The scholarship is renewable. Students are not able to apply directly for the scholarship; rather potential recipients must be nominated for the award. Students who are interested in learning more about the scholarship are encouraged to reach out to the athletic department at EIU. Additional information can be found here: https://www.eiu.edu/scholarships/searchDetails.php?ID=147.