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Midlands, Myrtle Beach student-athletes honored

August 6, 2015 11:27 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Three former South Carolina high school tennis players will have an easier time paying for college this fall because of the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation, the charitable arm of USTA South Carolina.


Caroline Sloop and Anna Maria Gardiner of Dutch Fork High School and Rachel Berkey of Myrtle Beach High School each have been awarded $2,000 scholarships by the foundation for their academic and tennis achievements.

“We’re thrilled to honor these student-athletes who are great people on- and off-the-court,” said David Honeycutt, chairman of the foundation’s scholarship committee. “As these individuals progress through college, we know they’ll continue to represent our state and our tennis community well.”

A committee of volunteers chose the three recent high school graduates because of their academic achievement, character, sportsmanship, extracurricular activities, 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

Caroline Sloop, Dutch Fork High School

Tennis achievement: Six-year varsity tennis player

College: University of South Carolina

Quote from essay: “One thing I learned from my match experiences is that I am going to have days where I am disappointed with my performance, but that is not any reason to give up. These moments taught me how to learn from my mistakes, and how to grow as a better tennis player because of them. This mentality can help me grow outside of tennis because learning to overcome obstacles and persevering through hardships are keys to becoming successful in life.”

Jim Russell Scholarship

Rachel Berkey, Myrtle Beach High School

Tennis achievement: Four-year tennis team captain

College: Erskine College

Quote from essay: “I feel that having something in your life that you are devoted to and completely focused on can completely change your life. I spend all my free time playing tennis, not because I have to, but because I love playing tennis. Tennis has shown me that if you are devoted enough to something and put in a lot of hard work, dreams really can come true. My dream was always to be able to play a sport in college, which I will be doing next year when I get to Erskine College to play tennis.”

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

Anna Maria Gardiner, Dutch Fork High School

Tennis achievement: Captain of 4A state championship team

College: University of South Carolina

Quote from essay: “One thing that my coach always encourages me to do is to wait for my shot. I frequently get impatient and have the urge to go for a winner at the beginning of the point. However, it is when I play strategically and wait for an approach shot that I take the lead. This has taught me that sometimes patience is required to reach my goals and that thinking through my actions will lead to brighter outcomes.”