By JONAMAR JACINTO
The USTA (United State Tennis Association) Foundation has announced that two local tennis standouts are among the 53 high school students nationwide to earn a piece of the $374,000 pot of scholarship money.
Manteca High graduate Yok Jing Ma, heading to UC Davis, is receiving the $8,000 USTA Foundation College Education Scholarship which will be awarded over four years. Sierra alumna Annie Banks gets the one-time award of $1,000 via the College Textbook Scholarship. She’ll attend Brigham Young University-Idaho.
According to the USTA Foundation website, the College Education Scholarship is awarded “to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated comm. Unity serviced and participated in an organized tennis program.
Ma is a two-time Manteca Bulletin Area Boys Tennis Player of the Year, sharing this year’s honor with teammate Mike Lopez. They helped the Buffaloes earn three Valley Oak League team titles, with Ma capturing three league doubles championships.
Banks captured two third-place finishes in the VOL singles and doubles tournaments last fall and was named the Bulletin’s All-Area Girls Tennis Player of the Year.
Other available scholarships are the Marion Wood Baird College Scholarship ($15,000), Rosalind P. Walter College Scholarship ($10,000), Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship ($10,000), Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award ($10,000) and Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship ($2,500).