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Dale, Villari Earn USTA Serves Scholarships

When Jason Dale and John Villari head off to college this summer, you can bet they’ll bring more than just their tennis racquets and luggage.

Recent high school graduates and standout tennis players, Dale and Villari were two of 59 students across the nation who earned USTA Serves Scholarships. The scholarship is worth $8,000 each and aims to “encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens”

This year, USTA Serves granted more than $410,000 in scholarships alone.

Dale (Chester Springs, Pa.) will be attending Queens University in Ontario, while Villari (Cherry Hill, N.J.) will enroll at the University of Delaware. And like they have for years, both plan on staying involved with the sport as much as possible – at least when they’re not studying.

“Once I started playing, during my freshman year of high school, tennis really just took over for me,” Villari said. “I’m planning on playing club tennis when I get to Delaware and sticking with it.”

As with most scholarships, academics are a major focus for those who earn the USTA Serves award, and Dale and Villari already have plenty in mind for what they’ll do in the classroom when they reach the next level.

Dale plans on focusing on business, and Villari is following a similar route as he plans to major on economics, keeping the potential for law school and more in his head.

“I’ve developed an interest in that over the past year or two,” Dale said. “So I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

For more information on USTA Serves, its scholarship program and how to apply, click here.

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