The WWTA Scholarship program supports our mission of promoting the game and spirit of tennis in Western Wake County. Although this is not a skills based award, the program supports the continued growth of youth skills in those showing dedication and promise, while also recognizing community involvement and volunteerism.

Applicants must live within the WWTA service area zip codes: 27502, 27511, 27512, 27513, 27518, 27519, 27523, 27526, 27539, 27540, 27560, 27592.  Additional scholarship and grant opportunities for youth and college students are also available through the USTA Foundation and Southern Tennis Foundation. Deadlines are typically earlier in the year than our WWTA Scholarships.

To be considered, players must be nominated by their coach or pro. Coaches/pros can nominate deserving youth by submitting the online nomination form by March 20, 2020.  Each nominee will then be notified and asked to submit an application by April 17, 2020.  The Scholarship Committee will review the applications and select the recipients.   All nominees will receive notification of their status no later than May 3, 2020.  Please email Scholarships for any additional information.

Changes to Scholarship Awards for 2020:   Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, WWTA will be unable to hold our annual event that provides the funding for our scholarship program.  However, the WWTA Board unanimously voted to fund the college scholarships at a reduced amount ($750 for each recipient).   In addition, due to the remarkable camp scholarship applicants, WWTA board unanimously voted to grant $50 to each applicant to use for tennis programs/lessons in the WWTA area.  They are all encouraged to apply again in 2021 when hopefully, we will be back to tennis (and life) as usual.

2020 Winners

Alyssa Hall/Apex High School

Graduating High School Senior Academic Scholarship

Keegan Merck/Apex High School

Graduating High School Senior Academic Scholarship

2020 Grant Recipients

Krish Attaluri is in 5th grade, he has been playing tennis since he was 3 years old. He enjoys practice, lessons and playing in tournaments.  He volunteers in the Abilities and Wheelchair Tennis programs.  He has raised money to help buy the program a new wheelchair!  Krish enjoys encouraging more kids to play so he will have more friends out on the court!

Valeria Bello started playing tennis in Venezuela. She has been playing since she was 8 years old.  She enjoys practice, lessons, tournaments and being part of a team. She qualified for regionals her freshman year! She has also volunteered for several tennis events. Valeria would like to earn a college tennis scholarship in the future.

Audrey Bueno is 5 years old and loves playing tennis!  She attends tennis lessons, clinics and camps.  She is active in her community and enjoys playing tennis with others, especially her mom!

Vincent Carfano is in 9th grade and plays tennis out of Sunset Ridge and for Holly Springs High School. He attends clinics, takes lesson, plays JTT and in tournaments.  He is a leader on the court and often helps younger players when they are just learning the game.

Ellie Cesta is in 6th grade. She takes lessons and participates in summer camps at Macgregor Downs Country Club.  Ellie has been volunteering for Abilities Tennis for over two years.  This year she started helping with Wheelchair Tennis and sold cookies to raise money to buy more wheelchairs!

Ava Karrenbauer has been playing tennis since she was 8 years old. She practices several days a week and enjoys playing in tournaments.  Ava spends time helping others on and off the court.  She volunteers at a church camp and teaches younger children about the game of tennis! She also encourages her friends to play!

Coco Rahm is 10 years old and plays tennis out of Prestonwood Country Club.  She has an excitement for the game! She works hard to accomplish her tennis goals. She is polite, respectful and shows leadership on the court.  Coco can’t wait to spend as much time as possible playing tennis and her coach can’t wait to see what her future in tennis looks like!

Abbie Sevene is a 6th grader and plays tennis out of Prestonwood Country Club.  She participates in Junior Team Tennis, group lessons and private lessons.  She is new to tennis, but eager to learn, a great team player and shows excellent sportsmanship.  In addition to tennis, Abbie is a dancer and performed in The Nutcracker.

Scholarship Details & Forms

Elementary School Camp Scholarship – $250 –  Coach/Pro Nomination Form

Grinder & Garcia Family Dentistry Middle School Camp Scholarship – $250 – Coach/Pro Nomination Form

High School Camp Scholarship – $500 – Coach/Pro Nomination Form

College Scholarship – $1,000 – 2 Awarded – College Scholarship Form