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Deserving S.C. High School Tennis Players Receive Scholarships

Three South Carolina high school tennis players will have an easier time paying for college this fall because of the charitable arm of the USTA South Carolina.

Natalie Ivey of Anderson, Austin Heinz of Daniel Island, and Parks Schoen of Simpsonville all have been awarded $2,000 scholarships by the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation.

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to reward these deserving students who also excel in tennis,” said David Honeycutt, chairman of the foundation’s scholarship committee. “We know they will continue to make our state and tennis community proud.”

A committee of seven tennis volunteers chose the three recent high school graduates because of their academic achievement, character and sportsmanship, extracurricular activities and community service and notable tennis achievements. Applicants also had to submit an essay titled, “The Impact of Tennis on My Life.”

The South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation funds two of the $2,000 scholarships. The third scholarship, the Randall G. Heffron, D.M.D. Memorial Scholarship Award, is funded through contributions made to the Coastal Community Foundation.

The two patrons foundation scholarships were established in 1993 and recently were named to honor two prominent South Carolina tennis advocates: Lucy Garvin, former USTA president, and the late Jim Russell, former president of the South Carolina Tennis Association. The Heffron Memorial Scholarship Award was established in 2005 in honor of the late South Carolina tennis advocate and champion.

The South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation is a 501 c3 registered non-profit charity and is supported by contributions, which are tax-deductible.

Below is more about each scholarship recipient:

Lucy Garvin Scholarship

Natalie Ivey

High School: T.L. Hanna High School

Tennis: T.L. Hanna Tennis MVP Award, 2013

College: Clemson University

Essay: “Most importantly, tennis has taught me that nothing is achieved without setting a goal, working day and night to achieve it, and staying calm in these difficult situations.”

Jim Russell Scholarship

Austin Heinz

High School: Palmetto Christian Academy

Tennis: 2014 South Carolina Lowcountry Tennis Player of the Year

College: Samford University

Essay: “I learned how to continue fighting, and developed willpower and determination. Learning how to focus under extreme pressure was key. My mental toughness improved dramatically because of the competition in tennis.”

Randall G. Heffron, D.M.D. Memorial Scholarship Award

Parks Schoen

High School: J.L. Mann High School

Tennis: All state from 2011 to 2013.

College: Wofford College

Essay: “I love the game of tennis, and the challenge and competition it brings... Tennis has helped shape me into who I am today.”