North Carolina Tennis Foundation Grants

Saunders-Langford Endowment

The Saunders-Langford Endowment was created to provide NC juniors the opportunity to experience tournament tennis and reap the benefits of competing and developing lifelong relationships.

Saunders-Langford Junior Development Grant

Any NC junior who has competed in a minimum of three tournaments over the last 12 months is eligible to apply and potentially receive a grant from this endowment. All juniors wishing to be considered for this endowment will be asked to submit a plan to play a minimum of three additional tournaments over the subsequent 12 months. All applicants must have already obtained a current NC standing, but there is no restriction on ranking. Players must be in need of financial assistance, with a family income less than $99,000 per year for one child and $120,000 for more than one child playing USTA sanctioned events. All applicants must demonstrate excellent sportsmanship. Any junior player will be ineligible if ANY suspension points have been accrued over the last 12 months. An emphasis will be given to junior players in towns with populations under 100,000 according to US Census data.

Check back August 1st for grant application

Grant Deadline- September 15th

Notification no earlier than October 15st

Emily H. Preyer Family Endowment Fund

Concluding in 2006, the NC Tennis Foundation completed a capital campaign raising over $1.7 million. A portion of that money went to help create a new NC Tennis Hall of Fame which opened at the Harold T. and Mildred F. Southern North Carolina Tennis Center in 2008.

A main focus of the campaign was to create the NC Tennis Foundation Emily H. Preyer Family Endowment Fund. At this time, the NC Tennis Foundation is prepared to begin offering grants from the endowment or gift fund. (Endowment/Gift Fund Policies)

Category I

Junior Tournament Development Scholarships

Total Available: $4,000
This grant is for developmental scholarships which provide lower income and middle class families money to supplement travel and playing expenses. This grant shall go towards tournament expenses and travel for a player who exhibits the intent for a state ranking or higher. A family income must not exceed $99,000 in order to be eligible for this grant.

Check back August 1st for grant application

Grant Deadline- September 15th

Notification not before October 15th

Category II

New Programs, Outreach and Inclusion & Adaptive Programming

Grant Deadline- April 15, 2019

Notification not before May 15, 2019

Click here for the application.

Total Available: $3,000
This grant is intended for new and/or pilot programs in the areas of Outreach & Inclusive programs and Adaptive programs (such as Special Olympics, Wheelchair, and Special Pops) that need further funding to grow and mature. The programs do not need to be USTA programs, but should be used to promote and develop tennis.

High School Team Grant

Grant Deadline- August 1, 2019

Notification not before September 1, 2019

Click here to apply

This grant provides support to High School Tennis Teams in North Carolina. Funds from this grant can be used for equipment, supplies, facility projects, and more (no uniform/clothing expenses will be covered). Please fill out all parts of the application and be as detailed as possible with your proposal.


Category III

Summer College Tennis Camp Scholarships

Grant Deadline- April 15, 2019

Notification not before May 15, 2019

For application click here

Total Available: $2,500
North Carolina is fortunate to have many college tennis camps held each summer. The cost can be steep, but the rewards and experience are priceless. This category would help in granting camp scholarships to qualifying players. Due to new NCAA regulations there will be age restrictions on these recipients. 

Mary Lloyd Barbera Camp Scholarship

Grant Deadline- April 15, 2019

Notification not before May 15, 2019

For application click here

In April of 2015, tennis lost a great person, advocate and ambassador. Mary Lloyd Barbera's life was cut short, but her spirit and legacy live on. Mary Lloyd was the Director of Marketing for USTA North Carolina. One of her many tasks was to administer USTA North Carolina's Camp Scholarship program which differs slightly from the NCTF program. In an effort to honor Mary Lloyd's memory, the NC Tennis Foundation and USTA North Carolina are creating a hybrid of the two programs. The NCTF's program is based on family need and USTA North Carolina's program is based on merit. 

The NCTF will make available two full camp scholarships based on family's income of $99,000 or less and the applicants' merit for this scholarship. "Merit" will be described in the application above.

Category IV

Emily H. Preyer Family College Scholarship

EXTENDED Grant Deadline- May 8, 2019

Notification not before June 1, 2019

Click here to apply.


This $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one North Carolina Male High School Senior and one North Carolina Female High School Senior.

Prospective Scholarship Awardees Must:

-Have played high school tennis in North Carolina their Junior and Senior year

-Be accepted and attending a college or university in North Carolina

-Plan to play USTA Tennis on Campus/equivalent at their College/University (not varsity tennis due to NCAA rules complications).

-Have a minimum of a 3.00 unweighted GPA

-Have family income of less than $99,000

-Complete all aspects of the application