| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the USTA, has announced that it will grant 49 high school students a variety of college scholarships totaling $330,000. Among those receiving scholarships is Adam Ali of South Richmond Hill, N.Y., recipient of the $1,000 USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship. USTA Serves established a college textbook scholarship that provides a one-time award to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies. 

One of the objectives of USTA Serves is to encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens. Each year, USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement and require financial assistance for college matriculation.

“USTA Serves is proud to award these students for their academic achievements and tennis success,” said Dan Faber, USTA Serves executive director. “It is exciting to know that with these scholarships, they can continue to prosper. We commend them for their efforts and wish them a future filled with greatness on and off the court.”

The following scholarships will be granted to local Eastern high school seniors:

Rosalind Walter Scholarship Award (students each receive $10,000 award)
The Rosalind Walter Scholarship is presented to two high school seniors who are academically achieving students of good character and who share Walter’s belief in always putting forth one’s best effort and in giving back to one’s community to make it a better place. 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. The 2014 recipients are Cory Seltman of Dix Hills, N.Y. and McKay Novak of Las Vegas.

USTA Serves College Education Scholarship (students each receive $8,000 award)
USTA Serves annually awards college scholarships to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. This year’s local recipients are Claudia Ruiz of Glen Head, N.Y., Maya Borowczak of Upper Saddle River, N.J. and Liam Rodriguez of Valley Cottage, N.Y.