EntouRaj for Kids 2018 Grant Opportunities
CONTACT FOR ALL GRANT APPLICATIONS
For more information or to email your application, contact our grant team via email here.
You may also mail/fax your application:
Attn: Zoy Brown & Jennifer Reinbold
1310 East 96th Street, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: (317) 669-0443
Fax: (317) 577-5131
EntouRaj for Kids High-Performance Grant
The EntouRaj for Kids High Performance Grant is a $1,000 award given to a junior player in the Midwest division of the United States Tennis Association who is between the ages of 14 and 18. The recipient must compete at the national level, display tennis improvement and need financial assistance to play. Funding is provided to pay for tournament and player development expenses, which can include airfare, lodging, entry fees, meals and coaching. We awarded our first grant to Daniel Rayl of Carmel, Indiana, in January 2014. Additional recipients have included Lukas Greif and Dalayna Hewitt.
EntouRaj for Kids Team Grant
The EntouRaj for Kids High-School Tennis Team Grant is available to Indiana high-school tennis teams showing a need for financial support. This includes costs associated with playing on the team, such as uniforms, equipment and travel expenses. Funds may not be used for coaches’ stipends.
EntouRaj is committed to making tennis available to youth throughout the state of Indiana. To that end, we are offering high school tennis team grants to assist schools in initiating or expanding their tennis team programming activities.
Financial support will be awarded only to high school programs; individuals’ applications will not be accepted. Applicants must provide a letter (or email) detailing the need for financial assistance not covered by the school’s athletic department or booster club.
Our team leading on the EntouRaj for Kids High-School Tennis Team Grant opportunity fields applications each year through March 31 for the spring Indiana girls’ tennis season and July 1–August 31 for the fall Indiana boys’ tennis season, or until funds are exhausted.
Informal grant applications will be considered if they provide the following information:
- Student body demographics
- Need for financial assistance for high school tennis team and players
- Specific way(s) in which EntouRaj grant will be used
- Agree to send photos and a follow-up email at the completion of the season, which may be featured on this website and EntouRaj social media channels
Meet 2015 & 2016 EntouRaj College Scholarship Winners
In our first few years, we doled out dozens of higher-education scholarships for tomorrow’s leaders. Most recently, in 2016, we awarded 10 scholarships to fantastic student-athletes. Meet our 2016 winners here, and get to know their 2015 counterparts below:
John Armstrong is from Carmel, Ind., and was an academic all-state tennis player for Carmel High School. He will attend Denison University, where he will pursue a degree in geosciences and environmental studies while playing tennis. During high school, he was involved in many different community service organizations, such as the National Honor Society, Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council and the Boy Scouts of America, in which he earned the honor of Eagle Scout. He also played USTA Junior Team Tennis for five years and represented the Midwest at the 2011 and 2013 national championships and the 2014 and 2015 world championships. His passions outside tennis include rock climbing, kayaking, golf, soccer, music and biking.
Katelyn Bemis is from Franklin, Ind., and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Franklin Community High School. She and her doubles partner won their conference doubles title, and were awarded all-conference and all-county honors. She will attend Purdue University to study chemical engineering. She also will participate in the Honors College there. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in engineering, concentrating in renewable energy.
Sara Brink is from Madison, Ind., and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Madison Consolidated High School. She started playing tennis during her freshman year of high school and has loved it ever since. She will attend the University of Cincinnati, where she has been accepted into the design program and will study interior design.
Quinton Coffman is from Corydon, Ind., and graduated from Corydon Central High School. He played varsity tennis for four years. He played No. 1 doubles his freshman year and No. 1 singles the other three years. He also played basketball and golf for four years. He will attend Ball State University.
Megan Diekhoff is a graduate of Southridge High School in Huntingburg, Ind. While in high school, she played tennis and also participated in the band and theatre. Megan will attend Indiana University in Bloomington in order to pursue a degree in speech-language pathology. Additionally, she will minor in Spanish. Tennis will remain part of her life as a recreational sport.
Andrea Douthitt graduated from Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis. She was a member of the National Honor Society for two years. She played varsity tennis all four years of high school and was the No. 1 position, as well as team captain, the past two years. She also graduated with an Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. She will attend the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne to study business.
Nicole Heiniger graduated from Munster High School and will attend Grand Valley State University on an athletic and academic scholarship this fall. She finished high school with a 3.75 GPA and will study art and graphic design at GVSU. She played on the varsity tennis team all four years. During her sophomore season, she finished third in the state doubles tournament and received All-State, First-Team honors. She played No. 1 singles her senior year and led her team to the states finals of the tournament, where Munster fell to Carmel High School. She is excited to continue her academic and tennis career at GVSU, where her brother Jack also plays.
Taylor Kiesel is from Haubstadt, Ind., and graduated from Gibson Southern High School. She plans to attend University of Southern Indiana in the fall. She hasn’t decided on a major, but she plans to study something in the medical field. She is attending tennis practices with the college team and hopes to earn a spot on the roster. If she’s unable to play, she plans to help coach tennis at the junior high or high school level. She also will continue to work two restaurant jobs.
Catherine Miller is from Indianapolis and graduated with honors from Franklin Central High School. She will pursue a degree in neuroscience at Middlebury College in Vermont. Catherine also will play on Middlebury’s varsity tennis team.
Jonathan Phoun is from Rochester, Ind., and graduated from the Indiana Academy in Muncie. He played varsity tennis all four years of high school, including No. 1 and No. 3 singles. He will attend Butler University and plans to major in computer science. He also wants to play club or intramural tennis at Butler. He enjoys being active, playing the piano, and volunteering.
Daniel Rayl is from Carmel, Ind., and graduated from Park Tudor. He started playing tennis at age 3 and will play for the University of Notre Dame. He plans to study finance and hopes to get a minor in Chinese. When he’s not playing tennis, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing board games, taking photographs, listening to music, and doing anything outside.
Ryan Seymour attended Yorktown High School and recently graduated with Cum Laude honors. He served as co-captain of his high school tennis team his junior and senior seasons. During his senior season, he was selected Hoosier Heritage Conference Honorable Mention for his play at the No. 2 doubles position. He will attend Ball State University, where he will pursue a major in aquatic biology and fisheries sciences.
Nicole Sullivan is from Salem, Ind., and graduated from Salem High School. She plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College. She writes: “Growing up, my parents always pushed me to do my best at everything I did. Even when it felt like I was failing at something, they never showed disappointment. Everyone needs to have people to be behind them in this journey. Also, I would like to thank EntouRaj for Kids for this amazing opportunity.”