We believe that tennis should be a right, not a privilege. That is why we do our best to offer financial assistance to youth who may not otherwise be able to participate in our programs.

Our scholarships come from a variety of sources, like fundraisers, individual donations and grants. They even come from a percentage of our tennis program revenue, which is at The Fort, we say playing is giving.

Below are two scholarship opportunities that individuals may apply for.

Isora Wells Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship Eligibility 

  • Families must demonstrate financial need. We use the federal free and reduced lunch income eligibility guidelines as one of our indicators of need.

  • Players must complete and submit the online scholarship application.

  • All scholarship recipients must be patrons of Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center. If not a patron, the fee may be added to any scholarship award.

  • Parents, guardians and/or junior players on scholarship must be willing to volunteer at The Fort.


  1. Submit the scholarship application online.

  2. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year. Requests are typically reviewed starting two weeks prior to the start of registration for the next session and remain available until that session is full.

  3. You will be notified when you can expect a funding decision once you submit your application.

Selection Process

Recipients and their respective awards will be selected by our scholarship committee. All scholarship applications are held in the strictest confidence. FWTEC does not discriminate based on age, race, color, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation. Unfortunately, we have a limited amount of scholarship funds that we can award every year, so it is possible that scholarship requests will be greater than our available funds.


Contact Esther Tsai at or at (612) 252-8367.

Nguyen Vo Family College Scholarship

Nguyen Vo’s family immigrated to Minnesota from Vietnam in 1975 with the help of kind family and friends and Nguyen grew in the Frogtown neighborhood of St Paul. In an effort to keep their kids from negative neighborhood influences, Nguyen’s parents kept their children engaged in sports. When they were small, Nguyen and his brother and sister hit tennis balls against the garage door and in the driveway with donated racquets and tennis balls found in a nearby park. When Nguyen turned five, he and his siblings started playing tennis on public park courts near his home. It was there he met Ernie Greene, a well-respected tennis advocate in the Twin Cities who connected Nguyen to a larger tennis community. With the support of his parents and junior coaches, Nguyen excelled in both academics and athletics and fueled his desire to give back to youth in the FWTEC community today.


The Nguyen Vo Family College Scholarship generously provides the opportunity for Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center youth to apply to the colleges of their dreams and allows them to afford the first step towards college by providing monies for application fees and college start-up expenses.

The applicant must be a current participant of Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center education or junior programs.

Application deadline is November 30, 2019.


Please contact Esther Tsai at or at (612) 252-8367.