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Dietsche Wins Scholarship

June 6, 2009 03:20 PM

Eric Dietsche of Bay Shore, N.Y., to Receive $6,000 Scholarship

Eric Dietsche, a senior at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, N.Y., has been selected as one of 52 winners nationwide of a $6,000 College Educational Scholarship by USTA Serves - Foundation for Academics. Character. Excellence., the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association.

Combining a USTA sectional ranking with outstanding academics, Dietsche ranks No. 1 in his class of 453 students. An AP Scholar with Honors and a 2008 National Merit Commended Scholar, he teaches tennis to developmentally delayed and autistic adults through a community service program. He won the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award and the New York State Civil Law Moot Court competition. He plans to major in political science at Williams College.

“We understand how vital financial assistance is for these deserving high school seniors as they pursue higher education,” said Karen Martin-Eliezer, Chief Executive, USTA Serves. “Supporting them is a sound investment in America’s future. It is our hope and firm belief that these young men and women will continue to positively impact the world throughout their life’s journey.”

The Foundation has granted 71 high school students a variety of college scholarships this spring, totaling $379,000. The honorees were selected from applicants throughout the country on the basis of their commitment to academic success, their local community and the game of tennis. An objective of USTA Serves is to encourage America’s youth to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.