Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards offers scholarships
for teen tennis players living with diabetes

 Presentation of the 2015 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards. (Photo: CameraworkUSA).   
Novo Nordisk, the leading pharmaceutical company in diabetes care, is proud to be the sponsor of the WTT Donnelly Awards.  Billie Jean King established the awards in 1998 to encourage diabetic children to lead an active life and compete in tennis. The awards provide scholarships to young tennis players living with diabetes and are named after two long-time Mylan World TeamTennis executives and tennis champions, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby, who are sisters. Stone was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Northwestern University, and Maltby earned All-Big Ten honors at the University of Iowa. Both women have had diabetes since childhood. 

The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards annually award $25,000 in scholarships, including two one-time $5,000 scholarships given to two young people, ages 14-21, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team. Six regional awards of $2,500 are also granted.  The awards are to be used for education, tennis development and/or medical care.  

The 2015 national recipients are Charles Harris of Blaine, Minn. and Isabella Shelton of Las Vegas, Nev. Six regional finalist awards of $2,500 were also granted. Harris and Shelton had the opportunity to attend a Mylan WTT match and meet League co-founder Billie Jean King. 

For more information about the Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards, please contact Diane Donnelly Stone at 212-586-3444, x120 or

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2015 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award National Winners

Charles Harris, Blaine, Minn. 
 National Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award recipient ($5,000)

Harris played tennis for Blaine High School for four years, and trained at the Evert Tennis Academy in the fall of 2014 before starting his senior season. He went on to play No. 1 singles, win the Most Improved Player Award, and received All Conference Honorable Mention. He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was eight years old. An accomplished musician, Harris is the winner of the Director’s Award for violin, and has also achieved High Honors for Academic Scholarship. A volunteer tennis coach, Harris was recruited to play college tennis at Illinois’ McKendree University in the fall of 2015, where he will pursue a degree in Athletic Training.

Isabella Shelton, Las Vegas, Nev.
National Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award recipient ($5,000)

Shelton, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 3, played No. 1 doubles on the Palo Verde High School varsity team, finishing the 2014-15 year undefeated at 21-0. She and her partner were NIAA Champions and finalists in the state doubles championships. Shelton has been ranked in the Top 50 in the nation in Girls’ 12 and under singles and the Top 10 in the section for 12 and 14 and under doubles. A three-time Zonal Championships competitor, she also played the 2013 Easter Bowl. She maintained a 3.9 GPA and was both a member of the Student Council and Freshman Class President. Like Harris, she volunteers at an afterschool tennis program and at USTA Nevada.   

2015 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award Regional Recipients ($2,500)

Kevin Blanchard - Fairbanks, Alaska
Izabella Edin - Staples, Minn.
Mikaela McGraw - Martinsburg, Pa.
Mindy McMichen - Centre, Ala.
Abigail Moore - Veedersburg, Ind.
Blake Trusty - Fremont, Ind.

Past Winners
2014 - Zoe Monge and Caden Moortgat
2013 - Daniel Smith and Maddie Maloney
2012 - Patrick Donovant and Katie Wiley
2011 - Elizabeth Profit and Nicole Selvaggio
2010 - Melanie Nolt and Kelsey Aho
2009 - Kayla Cyr and Heather Welch
2008 - Jordan Cox and Jennifer Heumann
2007 - Kristen Wade and Andrew Rogers
2006 - Rose Cantlin and Matthew Kranich
2005 - Danni Paulson and Madison Golightly
2004 - Travis Fillmore and Mitchell Fender
2003 - Julia Kozin and Jimmy Myers
2002 - Lindsay Hammes and Dash Connell
2001 - Katie Arneson and Adam Brown
2000 - Haley Edmiston and Drew Silow
1999 - Sharon Reske and Carrie Goldhahn
1998 - Meredith Britton and PJ Goldfeder

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