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Juan Mendez-Vidal of San Juan & Yan Carlo Rodriguez Ramirez of Trujillo Alto, PR won the MassMutual Foundation Awards National College Scholarships

May 31, 2007 12:06 PM



Doug Drotman, 631-462-1198

MassMutual Foundation Awards National College Scholarships

To 35 High School Seniors Including

Juan Mendez-Vidal of San Juan &

Yan Carlo Rodriguez Ramirez of Trujillo Alto, PR

Awards Administered by USTA Tennis & Education Foundation

Springfield, MA, May 31, 2007– Juan Mendez-Vidal, a senior at Colegio San Jose in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Yan Carlo Rodriguez Ramirez, a senior at Colegio San Ignaciode Loyola in San Juan, Puerto Rico, have been selected as two of 35 winners nationwide of a $5,000 college scholarship by the MassMutual Foundation through its association with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Tennis & Education Foundation. The announcement was made by Ronald A. Copes, corporate vice president, Strategic Communications and Community Responsibility, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).

The 35 honorees were selected from applicants throughout the country on the basis of their commitment to academic success, their local community and the game of tennis.

“On behalf of MassMutual, I’m pleased to award this scholarship and help support Juan’s and Yan’s academic endeavors. All of the honorees have clearly demonstrated leadership, strong tennis skills and academic excellence,” said Copes. “They are talented and deserving students whose college education will now be more affordable. We wish them the best of luck.”

Colegio San Jose High School tennis captain and MVP, Juan Mendez-Vidal participates in community service activities while balancing both his school work and sports. His tremendous interest in technology motivated him to start his own computer business. A member of the National Honor Society, Mendez-Vidal maintains a high GPA in his honors and advanced placement classes. He plans to pursue a career in computer engineering.

Yan Carlo Rodriguez Ramirez is a well-rounded student who volunteers his time to help others. He teaches tennis to children and tutors at a special education school. He is also a member of the environmental club and school tennis team. Rodriguez Ramirez plans to attend the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL, where he will major in electrical engineering.

“These scholarships demonstrate how tennis, when combined with good grades and community service, helps young people succeed in life,” said Karen Martin-Eliezer, Executive Director of the USTA Tennis and Education Foundation. “We thank the MassMutual Foundation for its support and wish these 35 remarkable youngsters all the best both on and off the court.”

The MassMutual Foundation’s support of the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation began in 2005 and has awarded more than 100 college scholarships for a total contribution of $525,000. Each year, at least two scholarships will be awarded in each of the USTA’s 17 sections throughout the country. The program builds upon MassMutual’s current association with the USTA as a Corporate Champion Sponsor of the US Open Championship and a sponsor of the US Open Series.

Through all organization-wide educational initiatives, MassMutual and the MassMutual Foundation are providing nearly $2.3 million in scholarship funding to students in 2007.

About MassMutual Financial Group

MassMutual Financial Group is the fleet name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliates, with more than $450 billion in assets under management at year-end 2006. Assets under management include assets and certain external investment funds managed by MassMutual's subsidiaries.

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a mutually owned financial protection, accumulation and income management company headquartered in Springfield, Mass. MassMutual’s major affiliates include: OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; MML Investors Services, Inc., member NASD and SiPC (www.nasd.org and www.sipc.org); MassMutual International LLC and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB. MassMutual is on the Internet at www.massmutual.com.

The MassMutual Foundation, an independent, private foundation under IRS Code section 501(c)(3), provides financial assistance to organizations operated exclusively for charitable, educational and other permitted purposes.

About the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation

Established in 1994, the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation promotes – through tennis – educational excellence, good citizenship and self-improvement to at-risk and other special needs youth. The Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to American youth, and supports new initiatives that reach out to inner-city youth. It also supports community tennis programs that link tennis with education to provide positive role models, academic assistance, and life skills for the prevention of substance abuse, violence and school-dropouts.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. A not-for-profit organization with 690,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.



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