The Tennessee Tennis Patrons Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization under Tennessee law with federal tax-exempt status. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors and assisted by volunteers, all of whom support and promote the growth and development of tennis in Tennessee.
To encourage junior players to compete in the USTA tournament structure and to enhance the level of play, the foundation funds two scholarships to the University of the South (Sewanee) weeklong residential summer camp. The foundation will pay the tuition and lodging (approximate $850 value) for two selected athletes
The foundation's Junior Camp Scholarship Policy incorporates the following requirements and features.
a. Who: Tennessee residents who participate in the junior competitive tournament structure and who compete in the 18, 16, 14, and 12 and Under age divisions. Players must agree to participate in Tennessee and Southern team events and Tennessee Qualifier events. Financial assisance is limited to a junior player whose family income does not exceed $99,000 per year. We request you upload a copy of your family's most recent federal income tax return. We will not share or save the tax return. Applicant must have a Southern ranking of Top 500 when his/her application is submitted.
b. What: grant to cover the costs to attend a weeklong summer tennis camp at the University of the South (Sewanee) during the summer. The grant is paid directly to the University of the South. The athlete and his family is responsible for paying all other costs associated with the camp, including travel to and fro, gear, and incidental expenses.
c. When: Sewanee offers four separate weeks of camp, and all three sessions fill up quickly by April 1. The deadline to apply for the grant from the foundation is March 15 of each year.
d. How: First, go to the Sewanee camp website and determine which session you want to attend. The web address for the camp is http://www.sewanee.edu/athletics/tennis-camps/about/. If you receive the grant, the foundation will send you a coupon code to use in lieu of submitting payment. You will then register online for the camp using the coupon code. The foundation will select the two recipients by April 1, 2018 and notify all applicants by that date. It is up to the athlete and his/her family to apply online, satisfy the admission requirements, and show up for camp.
e. Expectations: The foundation expects its awardees to demonstrate high standards of sportsmanship and competitiveness, give back to the sport and his/her community, and articulate in writing and verbally the impact of the financial assistance on his/her playing experience. The foundation expects its awardees to attend functions it hosts which recognize the awardees and to participate in publicity opportunities.
f. Sportsmanship: Any player who: has accumulated four or more penalty suspension points during a calendar year; is suspended during the calendar year; or whose parent/guardian is suspended during the calendar year will become ineligible for the scholarship.