By Karen Ronney

Are you considering becoming a certified US Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) or Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) teaching professional? Now is your chance with help from the Southern California Tennis Association Foundation, which is offering a total of twelve (12) scholarships:  Six (6) for USPTA Southern California or USPTA San Diego District and (6) for the PTR.  The scholarship is designed to assist with the financial requirements and candidates must reside in Southern California.

Description: The SCTA Foundation Teaching Pro Scholarship will provide up to $600 of financial support to a new teaching professional based in Southern California to get certified in 2022. All criteria and standards must be followed as set forth by the USPTA or PTR organizations, including the USTA Safe Play and CPR/First Aid clearance. (NOTE: This is for first-time applicants only.) Priority will be given to DE & I and female applicants, however all are welcome to apply and will be considered in the selection process.

 Application: Available starting March 5 via Jotform. CLICK HERE

Resume: Will be accepted online via the application.

Number of Grants available: Total of (12): Breakdown: UPSTA (6) and PTR (6). They will be awarded on a first-come, first serve basis through 2022.

Coverage: The SCTA Foundation Scholarship covers certification costs and first year dues for one of the organizations based on your preference and availability. Recipient must apply first to the USPTA or PTR first, and provide receipts to the SCTA Foundation for reimbursement of expenses.

Giveback: After certification, the USPTA/PTR teaching professional must volunteer in an underserved community with an existing program at a park, club, organization or recreational facility as approved by the SCTA Foundation. Other options are to create your own program. Minimum time commitment is 25 hours and documentation is required in the form of flyers, program info and photos within one year after certification.

Approval/Funding: A designated committee will choose recipients. Funding will be awarded on a reimbursement basis and will cover $600 of the total certification fees and first year dues.

Contact:  SCTA Foundation Executive Director Linda Milan at (619) 255-4589 or (310) 209-5909. Email:


Our mission of “Changing Lives and Communities through Tennis,” serves as a pathway to offer financial support to individuals and organizations. We are a 501©3 nonprofit organization and the charitable arm of USTA Southern California. We help people of all ages and abilities to improve their tennis health, tennis fitness and quality of life through the sport of tennis. Founded in 1986, the SCTA Foundation has had a community impact of giving more than $500,000 this year through tennis grants, tennis scholarships, tennis program support, tennis equipment and more to recipients throughout Southern California. To learn more about the SCTA Foundation, please visit To donate CLICK HERE