Rollins incoming freshman Zoe Monge was recently featured in an article on WTT.com after being named one of the 2014 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award national winners. The award provide scholarships to young tennis players living with diabetes. Monge will receive one-time $5,000 scholarships, which will be used towards education, tennis development, and/or medical care.
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Florida and Idaho teens named recipients of 2014 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award Scholarships
Rosie Crews, Mylan WTT - July 3, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 3, 2014) – Zoe Monge, 17, of Orlando, Fla., and Caden Moortgat, 13, of Boise, Idaho, have been named the 2014 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award national winners. The awards provide scholarships to young tennis players living with diabetes. Monge and Moortgat will each receive one-time $5,000 scholarships, which will be used towards education, tennis development, and/or medical care. Monge and Moortgat will have the opportunity to attend a Mylan World TeamTennis match on July 10 in Washington, DC, to watch the pro teams and meet League co-founder Billie Jean King during the on-court awards presentation.
The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards annually distributes $25,000 in scholarships, including two one-time $5,000 national scholarships and six one-time $2,500 regional scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to both male and female athletes ages 12-21 who have diabetes, good academic standing, and are actively competing in tennis tournaments or on their school team.
Six other student-athletes received the regional Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award, which offers a $2,500 scholarship. The 2014 recipients are Brooke Burningham from Kaysville, Utah; Connor Genschaw from Grand Rapids, Mich.; Alexandrea Miller from Yucaipa, Calif.; Mazen Oweiss from Koemos, Mich.; Isabella Shelton from Las Vegas, Nev.; and Austin Walter from Fredericksburg, Texas.
Monge was diagnosed with diabetes at age 10. Monge has also been playing tennis competitively since the age of 10, but was forced to sit out two years at age 14 due to a hip injury. During her physical therapy, she was awarded a training scholarship at the Blackman Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla., from 2012-2013. Monge was a member of the varsity high school tennis team for Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, where her team was district and regional champions and Florida State 4A finalists. During high school, Monge was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Monge will attend Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., this fall, where she plans to continue her tennis career.
“It means the world to me to win this award. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity. I hope this inspires other diabetics to pursue a tennis career and not let diabetes defeat them.”
Moortgat, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 8, has excelled on and off the court. On the court, Moortgat held a top five ranking in Idaho in the 14-and-under division and the top ranking in the 12-and-under division. He also held a top 30 ranking in the Intermountain section in the 14-and-under division and was chosen to be part of the USTA Regional Training camps from 2012-2014. Moortgat was honored with the Sportsmanship Award at the prestigious Zonals competition in 2012. Off the court, Moortgat has spoken with Idaho U.S. Representatives as a lobbyist for funding for Type 1 Diabetes. He also advocates for families with newly diagnosed children living with diabetes. Academically, he attended Micron’s Treasure Valley Math and Science Center in Boise. This fall, Moortgat will enter eighth grade at Spring Creek Academy in Plano, Texas.
"I feel very fortunate to have won and appreciate everyone for doing this for kids like me. I would like to lead by my example and show them that anything is possible, regardless of the challenges we face.”
The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards are named after two longtime World TeamTennis executives and sisters, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby. During their collegiate careers, Stone was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Northwestern University, and Maltby earned All-Big Ten honors while attending the University of Iowa. Both Stone and Maltby grew up living with diabetes, and want to encourage young children with diabetes that they can still live an active, healthy life.
King established the scholarship program for both Stone and Maltby through WTT Charities in 1998. Novo Nordisk has been the title sponsor of the award since 2002.
Bios of the 2014 Regional Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award Regional recipients ($2,500 each):
Brooke Burningham – Kaysville, Utah
Burningham is a 2014 graduate at Davis High School, where she was co-captain of her tennis team during her senior year. Playing at the No. 1 doubles position, Burningham helped Davis win the 2013 Utah State 5A championship for the first time in school history. She was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9, and will be attending Utah State University in the fall.
Connor Genschaw – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Genschaw is a 14-year-old who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9. He is a skilled tennis player who actively participates in USTA tournaments across the country. For his positive behavior on the court, Genschaw received the Midwest Sportsmanship Award in 2013. He will be attending Forest Hills Central High School as a freshman this fall.
Alexandrea Miller – Yucaipa, Calif.
Miller is a 17-year-old who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 8. She was a captain of her tennis team at Yucaipa high school, where she played No. 1 doubles her junior and senior years. During her senior year, Miller finished third in her high school league for doubles. Her brother also has Type 1 Diabetes.
Mazen Oweiss – Koemos, Mich.
Oweiss is a 2014 graduate of Okemos High School who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 3. He competed on his varsity team all four years at Okemos, where he was captain of his team. Oweiss had great success during his high school career, winning districts and regionals four consecutive years at the singles position. Oweiss helped lead his team to a state semifinal appearance. His brother also has Type 1 Diabetes.
Isabella Shelton – Las Vegas, Nev.
Diagnosed at age 3, Shelton is a 14-year-old who attends Nevada Connections Academy. Shelton is an active tournament tennis player who competes at the national level. She was ranked top five in singles in Nevada from 2010 to 2013 in the 12- and 14-and-under divisions, and was also ranked No. 1 in doubles. In 2012 and 2013, Shelton competed in Zonals and also played in the Spring Nationals (2012) and the Easter Bowl (2013).
Austin Walter – Fredericksburg, Texas
Walter, a 2014 graduate at Fredericksburg High School, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 5. The 18-year-old was a part of the Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team in 2013 and 2014, where his team won their district and finished second in the state team tennis tournament in 2014. His father also has Type 1 Diabetes.
About Novo Nordisk
Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Novo Nordisk employs approximately 40,000 employees in 75 countries, and markets its products in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit novonordisk-us.com or follow our news in the U.S. on Twitter: @novonordiskus.
About Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT):
Mylan World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional team tennis competing for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy which is named after co-founder Billie Jean King. The 39th season of Mylan WTT runs July 6-27, 2014. The Mylan WTT Recreational League also operates team leagues and events. For more information on Mylan WTT, visit www.WTT.com.