May 12 – The Richmond Tennis Association and Perkins Law, PLLC are pleased to announce that James River High School’s Rachel Summers and Cosby High School’s Paul Mendoza are winners of the 2016 RTA Tennis Community Scholarship.
Summers, a National Honor Society and National Beta Club member, has played #1 singles and doubles for James River since 2013 and has been a first team All-Metro selection the past two years. She competes in USTA-sanctioned tournaments and has a top-25 ranking in USTA/Mid-Atlantic in the girls 18s division (both singles and doubles). Rachel’s extensive community service activities include tutoring students through the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, volunteering for the local Christmas Mother organization, and helping prepare meals for the homeless during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season through St. Edward’s Catholic Church. Rachel has committed to play college tennis this fall at Mary Washington University.
Mendoza, also a National Honor Society and National Beta Club Member, has played #1 singles for the past three years (including two years as team captain) and doubles for the past four years for Cosby High School. Paul is also a first-team selection on the All-Metro team in addition to being a three-time Scholar Athlete Award winner. A long-time junior tournament competitor (currently ranked #4 in Virginia), Paul has won over 200 matches in USTA-sanctioned events across the United States and has been selected to participate in USTA national training camps. Paul’s commitment to community service is illustrated by his volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and FeedMore along with his work as a volunteer tennis instructor at Clover Hill Elementary School. Paul has been recruited to play college tennis at the University of Connecticut where he will enter the School of Engineering this fall.
“These two outstanding individuals are great ambassadors for tennis in every sense,” noted Eric Perkins, local small business and nonprofit attorney who sponsored this year’s scholarship program, “their talent and accomplishments on the tennis court are matched only by their impressive academic accomplishments and volunteer work throughout their schools and the community. Both have bright futures ahead of them, and I hope that tennis will continue to play a meaningful part in their lives for years to come.”
“Tennis is a uniquely valuable sport in our society because it is an activity you can enjoy your entire life. Tennis offers a complete package of benefits that no other activity can match–physical fitness, sportsmanship, integrity, perseverance, social networking…the list goes on and on. Let’s also remember that RVA has been recognized as one of the best tennis towns in America,” noted Perkins.
Both Summers and Mendoza will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship toward tuition, fees, and expenses. All scholarship applicants were required to submit not only a written application describing their activities and accomplishments in tennis, academics, and community service, but also submit a 2-minute video expressing what tennis has meant to them or why RVA is a great tennis town. Those video clips can be viewed on YouTube or by following the links below.