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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant Update

Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant Update ~~~

Thanks to a reader who has asked to remain anonymous, I now know a whole lot more about this award than I did two days ago.
Here is the usta.com link to the description of the award, which is administered via the Multicultural Grants Program. In addition to explaining the criteria, it paints a vivid picture of an outstanding young man who is missed by everyone who ever knew him.

The article about Lauren Lui implied that the award was a college-related scholarship. It is not. Rather it provides funds that a deserving junior can use to travel and compete. Iris Rivera of the USTA responded to my request for the name of the male winner yesterday, telling me that it was Jarmere Jenkins, the fifteen-year-old from College Park, GA.

Lui and Jenkins are the first two recipients, and they were announced only last month, so I don't feel quite so bad about not having heard about it. Unless things change, the deadline for 2006 will be December 31. For more information about the Multicultural Grants Program, see the usta.com website.