2019 Scholarship recipients: Back row-Vance McSpadden, Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame member & OKTF Board member; Hudson Dick, Broken Arrow, attending John Brown University; Landon Swopes, Ada, attending Stanford University. Front row-Carolyn Richmond, OKTF Scholarship Chair; Nathaly Perilla, Yukon, attending OCCC; Clancy Tresemer, Norman North, attending OCCC; Caroline Hillock, Tulsa, attending Tulsa Community College.
The Oklahoma Tennis Foundation awards college scholarships that honor two Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame members. The Curtis Richmond Scholarship and the Wayne Hirst Scholarship are need-based scholarships to provide tuition/housing assistance. All applicants must be varsity high school senior tennis players and apply by the deadline of January 10, 2022.
Curtis Richmond Scholarship
The Oklahoma Tennis Foundation awards a $2,500 college scholarship to a high school senior who will be entering college and participated in high school varsity tennis during the 2021-2022 school year. The scholarship is intended to assist with tuition and is need-based. Learn More & Apply Online.
Wayne Hirst Scholarship
The Oklahoma Tennis Foundation awards a $2,500 college scholarship to a high school senior who will be entering college and who has participated in high school varsity tennis during the 2021-2022 school year. The scholarship is intended to assist with tuition and is need-based. Learn More & Apply Online.
"It has been an honor to present scholarships to deserving high school scholar athletes for the past five years. The love of tennis has brought us all together, and the Oklahoma Tennis Foundation is thrilled to play a part in helping these young adults begin their college experience. They lead by example, demonstrating dedication on the court and in the classroom as well."
— Carolyn Richmond, OKTF Scholarship Chair
Francis & Jean Baxter Scholarship
The Francis & Jean Baxter Player Development Scholarships are designed to provide need-based player scholarships that will benefit junior players who are beginning to play competitive tennis, exhibit potential, dedication, and outstanding sportsmanship. This might include lessons, equipment, and tournament expenses. Applicants must be residents of the State of Oklahoma. Learn More & Apply Online.
Lifelong friend and colleague of the Baxters, Bill Rompf, initiated and seeded the construction of a bronze statue of Coach Francis Baxter as well as this scholarship describing Baxter as “the person who has done more for Oklahoma tennis for the last 50 years than any other individual. Francis and Jean Baxter are Oklahoma tennis legends and heroes.”
The statue of Baxter will be dedicated on May 1, 2021 and permanently placed at the new Edmond Center Court.
The OKTF Scholarship is awarded to an Oklahoma City metro area boy or girl who has proven themselves in the USTA/MVTA section, will qualify for MVTA national tournament endorsement, and has the potential to achieve success on a national level.
This scholarship is need-based and will provide funding for instruction, programs, and tournament travel/play expenses for a junior player who lacks financial means to reach their potential on a national level. Funding will be based on aspiration, character, citizenship, academic achievement, sportsmanship, dedication, and desire.