The SCTA Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the USTA Southern California section. The Foundation’s mission is “to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Southern California” by supporting, among other things, “deserving junior players” with financial grants.
The Foundation currently maintains three grant programs for individual juniors: The Kramer Future Champions Grant, the Henry Talbert Summer Tennis Camp Grant, and the Victor Stern Scholarship Grant. Applications for each of the grants are reviewed by the Foundation’s Grant Review Committee to determine qualified and deserving candidates.
The Kramer Future Champions Grant
The Kramer Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8 – 18 who show significant promise, aspire to collegiate or professional tennis, and demonstrate financial need, to compete in national or sectional tournaments, with the typical grants ranging between $500 and $1200. Kramer Grants must be postmarked by either May 15 (spring award) or October 15 (fall award).
The Henry Talbert Summer Tennis Camp Grant
The Talbert Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8 – 16 who demonstrate a commitment to improving their tennis, but whose families lack the resources to cover the cost of summer tennis camp tuition and fees. The typical grant ranges between $500 and $800. Applications for this annual spring grant must be postmarked by May 15.
The Victor Stern Grant
The Stern Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8 and 18 who demonstrate academic and athletic promise, aspire to play competitive tennis at the collegiate or professional level, or to compete in national or sectional tournaments. The recipient must demonstrate financial need, a passion for the sport of tennis and the recognition that tennis can be a lifelong pursuit. The typical grant ranges from $750 to $1500. Junior players are encouraged to apply for this grant. The application process opens in April and closes in mid-July.
For more on applying for any of these grants, please review the award criteria and funding guidelines.