Thank You to All Our Players, Spectators and Supporters for Allowing us to Award Tennis Camps Scholarships and College Scholarships, to deserving junior tennis players in Houston & Pasadena, Texas. We are now Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Members!

Thank You to All Our Players, Spectators and Supporters for Allowing us to Award Tennis Camps Scholarships and College Scholarships, to deserving junior tennis players in Houston & Pasadena, Texas.

The Scholarship Story

The Darren Lajaunie Tennis Scholarship Fund (DLTSF) was set up after the passing of Darren Lajaunie in May 2011, from cancer, by his wife Camille and son, Andrew.  Darren was an avid tennis player his whole life.  He began playing at J. Frank Dobie High School, on the club level at the University of Texas, in Austin, and in many adult league tournaments until his passing in 2011. The DLTSF will continue to award college scholarships to the seniors on the J. Frank Dobie High School Tennis Team, in addition to now awarding tennis camp and college scholarships to members of the Harry Taylor Tennis Center, in Pasadena, Texas.

 

Darren Lajaunie Tennis Scholarships

Eighth Annual Darren Lajaunie Memorial Tennis Tournament

The Darren Lajaunie Tennis Scholarship Fund (DLTSF) held it’s 8thannual Memorial tennis tournament on April 26-28, 2019 at the Harry Taylor Tennis Center (HTTC) in Pasadena.

Three junior tennis players from the Harry Taylor Tennis Center (HTTC) were awarded summer camp sessions. Congratulations to Abigail Everett, Sarah Jones and Binh Dang.

Three high school seniors who train at HTTC received college scholarships. Congratulations to My Chau Hoang Nguyen, Anh (Tony) Viet Nguyen and John Claunch.

Eight Dobie High School seniors also received college scholarships. Congratulations to Camille Smith, Stephanie Gonzalez, Bao Nguyen, Kevin Dinh, Luis Neira, Ronald Nguyen, Austin Luu, and Hao Vuong. 

This has been an exciting year for all the recipients and participants of the 8thAnnual Memorial tennis tournament.  We wish all the recipients a fantastic summer and best of luck as they pursue their dreams!  If you’d like to read more about these recipients please visit the Scholarship Recipient Page.

Houston's CW Channel 39 Hannah Trippett's Interview with Camille Lajaunie from 5/21/2019.

About Darren

Darren was a devoted family man, dedicated engineer for Lockheed Martin at the Johnson Space Center with a compelling passion for the game of tennis.  Darren began his tennis career playing tennis at J. Frank Dobie High School where he graduated Co-Valedictorian in 1984.  At the University of Texas Tennis Club in Austin, where he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988, Darren won the 1988 Spring Open Champion Men’s “B” Singles title.  At a local Houston tennis club, Darren was the Men’s 3.5 Singles Champion July 2010, and Men’s 4.0 Singles Champion in August, 2010.  In September at a local Houston tennis club, he was a Finalist in the Men’s 4.5 Singles Championship game. 

Darren was diagnosed with Melanoma in October 2009 and while enduring many clinical trials and chemo treatments continued to play tennis until his death in May 2011.  Darren was the epitome of courage, dignity, strength and had the heart of a true tennis champion.

Through these scholarships, we hope for Darren's legacy to live on.  Please join us in remembering Darren by coming out to play in the tennis tournament or by donating to the scholarship fund.

Thank you for your support!

Ways to Help

Make a donation, become an official sponsor, shop at Kroger, or play in the tournament

For more information, you can always contact Camille Lajaunie

Kroger Card Enrollment Time

Get Your Grocery Shopping Done 

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Support the Scholarship Fund at the Same TIME!!!!!

The Darren Lajaunie Tennis Scholarship Fund is a proud Community Partner with Kroger. If you have a Kroger card, you can help donate to the scholarship fund simply by shopping at Kroger. Enrollment is now underway with the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Please enroll today and help donate to the scholarship fund. Kroger donates 1% of your grocery bill every time you shop. The scholarship fund receives 4 checks a year. Last year we received about $300 from Kroger. Kroger is not just in Texas, so if you have friends in other states please pass the information along. It's a great way to help donate. Every little bit helps! Thank you to all who have enrolled.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund Directly

 

Please consider becoming a tournament sponsor!

We would not be able to bring this wonderful event to Houston and Pasadena without the help of our generous sponsors and donors. This scholarship program benefits junior tennis players and honors Darren’s memory.

Please send check or money order to:

Darren Lajaunie Tennis Scholarship Fund

3106 Mossy Elm Court

Houston, TX  77059