Mauricia Brown of Jacksonville, Fla., a student-athlete with the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, has been awarded a college scholarship by the USTA Foundation, the national charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association.
The USTA Foundation announced last week that it had assisted 32 deserving student-athletes in the class of 2020 in their pursuit of higher education, with a total of $310,000 in scholarships. Each year, the USTA Foundation awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs such as the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network, have demonstrated high academic achievement and require financial assistance for college matriculation.
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Mauricia has been with us since kindergarten and now she’s a graduate of Raines High School! In the fall Mauricia plans on attending the University of North Florida as a communications major to become a sports broadcaster. The two things she will miss the most about MWYF are playing tennis and hanging out with her MWYF family. We will miss you Mauricia, but we can't wait too see your first sports broadcast in the future! #tbt#LOVEMWYF#nonprofit#nonprofitorganizations#nonprofitwork#Jacksonville#jacksonvillefl#jaxlocals#dtjax#904#Jaxfl#nonprofitlife
Brown, a senior at William M. Raines High School, is one of 23 students who will receive the $10,000 Donald Lawson Tisdel Scholarship. The Donald Lawson Tisdel College Scholarship Fund is the USTA Foundation’s largest college scholarship fund, and is annually awarded to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. The scholarship’s namesake, Donald Lawson Tisdel, was a passionate proponent for the sport and a staunch believer in the power of tennis and education to touch and enhance lives.
“During these challenging times, scholarships are more important than ever and the USTA Foundation is committed to supporting the educational journeys of these exceptional students who have proven their academic excellence and community service,” said Dan Faber, USTA Foundation Executive Director. “We congratulate the 2020 award recipients on their path towards continued education and leadership through tennis.”
For more information on the USTA Foundation’s scholarship awards, visit www.ustafoundation.com.