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Huge Congratulations go out to The Ohio State University Water Ski Team for receiving a grant from our new USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Collegiate Team Grant Program. The OSU Team is constantly recruiting new members and is very active in the volunteering and fundraising in the community. 


The Ohio State University Water Ski Team is also raising funds to replace its 2011 Centurion. If you would like to help the team, please make a donation to the Foundation and designate “Team OSU.”  DONATE ONLINE HERE.

USAWWF is proud to support Ohio State University and all of our collegiate teams! The Foundation has established a fund from which grants are awarded.  Funds can be used for unreimbursed team expenses such as equipment, travel, entry fees, and training. Collegiate Water Ski Teams may apply year-round.  The Grant Committee Chair will inform the team and the Foundation treasurer, and the funds will be sent to the team as soon as possible!  Apply or donate to the grant program on our website: www.usa-wwf.org/grants


We would also like to thank all of our sponsors and donors for making this happen!


Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation celebrates the history of all towed water sports and promotes these sports through our Scholarship and Grant Programs and the Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame.  



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Our friend and supporter, Steve Lohr, is still giving back to the sport he loved! Steve recently passed away, but he had arranged for a new college scholarship for young water skiers.


The Steve & Ann Lohr Water Ski College Scholarship will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year. The $3000 scholarship is funded by the EverBless Foundation to support the educational pursuits of exceptional students involved in water skiing and/or with the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation.


"This is an incredible way to continue the Lohr Family Legacy in water skiing and beyond. We are honored they have chosen the foundation to be a conduit for water skiing and academic dreams," says USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation President Brenda Nichols Tate.

Applicants must attend a trade, four-year, two-year, community college, or other similar institution designed to further their education and may be in any year of study.


Students must demonstrate commitment to three-event water skiing and have a successful competitive record in the sport. The applicant need not be an overall skier, but the greater the success in multiple events, the better. Priority will be given to applicants from Steve's home state of Virginia or the Eastern Region.


Visit our website for more information on our college scholarship program or to apply. Click HERE for a list of all our scholarships and recipients from the program's inception in 1983.


Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation celebrates the history of all towed water sports and promotes these sports through our Scholarship Programs and the Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame.




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College Scholarships for young towed water sports athletes are at the core of what we do here at the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation. We are proud that one of our scholarships is now being funded by Lake City, Minnesota, the birthplace of water skiing.


The $1000 Ralph Samuelson Commemorative Boys 3 Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2024. Funded by "Destination Lake City, the Birthplace of Water Skiing," the Boys 3 Scholarship is awarded to the National Overall Title winner at the AWSA National Water Ski Championships each year. The foundation holds the money in escrow until the athlete attends the university of their choice.

Ralph Samuelson water skied for the first time on Lake Pepin in Lake City on July 2, 1922

"Lake City is where it all began, so it's only natural that we wish to see watersports continue to grow. Working with the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation, we're able to support the next generation of water skiers with this scholarship," says Destination Lake City Board Member Marco Molinari, who worked with Destination Lake City President John Hutchinson to fund the new Ralph Samuelson Scholarship.


For a list of all our scholarships and recipients from 1983 until now, click HERE.


More than 18 people learned to water ski at the Foundation's 2023 Get On the Water Event in Lake City.

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation hosts a free learn-to-waterski event in Lake City every year during the annual Water Ski Days, and we're honored Lake City is supporting our scholarship program. We are also working with Destination Lake City to help bring water skiing to a new regional interpretive center. We enjoy our continued partnership with the Birthplace of Water Skiing!


"Success and happiness is learning how to look at challenges and problems as opportunities,

whenever either might arrive," says Jon Samuelson, son of Ralph Samuelson.


For more information on our college scholarship program or to apply, visit our website: https://www.usa-wwf.org


Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation celebrates the history of all towed water sports and promotes these sports through our Scholarship Programs and the Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame.



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