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Barry Sysler Tennis Program Scholarship

Financial Assistance for BCTA Tennis Programs


The Barry Sysler Tennis Program Scholarship waives all or part of the BCTA program fee for youth athletes interested in tennis, but whose families are not able to afford this opportunity.  For information, e-mail


Scholarships are limited and are granted at the sole discretion of the BCTA on a case-by-case basis for one five-week BCTA season.  Applicants can request renewals after each season.  Scholarships are not awarded retroactively, and must be applied for at the time of registration.


All requests will be held in complete confidence, and based on the situation, the age of the child, extent of support, etc.

An applicant's family may be asked for the following:

  1. Explanation/proof of need.
  2. Tennis essay/thank you written by child.  
  3. Participation in the BCTA Youth Leadership Development Program or other volunteer involvement.
  4. Additional information/requests as appropriate.


The tennis program scholarship is named in memory of Dr. Barry Sysler, a long-time BCTA volunteer, tennis enthusiast, and educator.

Barry Sysler (left) presenting championship trophy

Barry (at left during trophy presentation), who passed away unexpectedly in February 2014, was a member of the BCTA Advisory Board. He also co-founded and served as Tournament Director/Referee for the BCTA Jr. Boys’ 16 classic (a USTA sanctioned event) since its inception in 2002.  Barry was a certified USTA official with more than a dozen years of experience officiating Division I, II and III college matches. He recently retired from the Bucks County Community College, where he was a professor for 40 years—26 of which he served as the men's and women's head tennis coach.  Barry was also involved in many other recreational ventures, most notably pool management.

Barry was the founder and president of Academic Directions, Inc., which assised families of college-bound children to find an affordable and successful fit.   He was one of the few Certified Educational Planners in the country to be considered an expert on the college funding process. He held a Ph.D. from Temple University and conducted numerous workshops each year for parents of high school students to educate them about the college admissions process and how to qualify for financial aid and merit scholarship packages.


In memory of the integral part that Barry played in the tennis, educational and Bucks County communities, the BCTA and Sysler family are pleased to offer the tennis program scholarship as a continuation of Barry’s dedication to helping young people.