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Basile Wins Dunlop Scholarship

June 13, 2005 01:52 AM

Jason Basile of Charleston was named the 14th recipient of the Dunlop Scholarship presented during the 18’s Party on Monday, June 6 during the Wachovia Palmetto Championships in Belton.

Basile attended the Charleston County School of The Arts where he was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Math Team and a theater student.  He ranked second in his class with a grade point average well in excess of 4.0.  One of Jason’s teachers, Dr. John Cusatis, had this to say:  “Aside from being a model student, Jason is exceptionally mature for his age, and this has helped him to be an outstanding leader and to accumulate numerous accolades.  In additional, Jason’s exceptional accomplishments in tennis have made our community proud.  Yet, aside from all his athletic and academic success, it is Jason’s impeccable character that is perhaps his most endearing trait.”

Jason played in the Wachoiva Palmetto Championships 11 consecutive years.  He won one singles title and  five doubles titles during his career at Belton.  He was a second place finisher in singles four times.  He has played in Palmetto doubles championship matches 8 consecutive years, winning five.  This year he finished fifth in the Boys’ 18’s singles and won the Boys’ 18’s doubles.  He was named the recipient of the Malloy Evans Memorial Sportsmanship Award.  He has been ranked number one in South Carolina, and as high as number fourteen in the south.  He has earned a national ranking the past five years.  Fritz Nau, Director of  Creekside Tennis, says:  “He is a top player and one of the best players in South Carolina.  Jason’s dedication to serious tennis and conditioning are in line with my philosophy, and his leadership by example has helped establish the attitude of the Charleston Tennis Academy.”

Jason had this to say in his essay:  “The reason I have always enjoyed tennis is not only because of the competitive nature of the game, but because of the sport’s sense of community.  Each tournament has people you spend time with and develop friendships.  I will attend Furman University in the fall.  I chose Furman because of the members of the team.  They are my new tennis family.  Throughout all the years of playing, my tennis community continues to grow and lifelong friendships continue to be formed.  Tennis remains a large part of my life!”

The $1,500 scholarship is provided by Dunlop and is selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Scholarship
  2. Activities, leadership and honors
  3. Sportsmanship and character
  4. Tennis accomplishments
  5. Essay

Jason will attend Furman University this fall where he will play for coach Paul Scarpa.