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(Winter Haven, FL) - USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to water skiers and riders who show leadership abilities and demonstrate that involvement in the sport has helped them grow both personally and academically.


For the second year in the row, Grace Petzold from Mequon, Wisconsin has won the $1500 Tim Olson Memorial Scholarship. Grace is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in chemistry/biology. She is a 3.9 student who hopes to go into the medical field.


Grace is an accomplished show skier and is a member of the Rock Aqua Jays Ski Show Team and the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team and was chosen to be a member of the 2020 USA Water Ski Show Team. She is an incredible all-around water skier who barefoots, swivel skis, ski jumps, is in the ballet line, pyramid, strap doubles, and more. This young woman can do it all!


Grace founded Graceful Wakes, a non-profit organization in 2015. Graceful Wakes hosts free adaptive water ski clinics in Wisconsin and Florida. Through these clinics, Grace has taught hundreds of people with cognitive and physical disabilities how to water ski. And she has paid it forward by teaching others to host their own adaptive water ski clinics.


We are proud to support Grace in continuing her education and her quest to change the world one person and one water skier at a time!

Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation preserves and 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.


Stay tuned for more scholarship announcements.

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One of the core missions of The USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation is to support our future by funding a large scholarship program.


Our first group of scholarships in 2020 are going to the Boys and Girls Overall Champions at the U.S. National Water Ski Championships. These scholarships are awarded every year and will be held in escrow by the foundation until these incredible young people attend the university of their choice. There are many more scholarships to be announced over the next few weeks.

Jaxon Stabel

Jaxen Stabel from Chico, CA won the Boys 1 National Overall Points award at the 2020 Goode U.S. National Water Ski Championships in Zachery, LA, and has been awarded the Jim Grew Boys 1 Overall Scholarship sponsored by Jim Grew in the amount of $2, 000.


Marley Purvur

Marley Pavur from Santa Fe, TX won the Girls1 National Overall Points award at the 2020 Goode U.S. National Water Ski Championships in Zachery, LA, and has been awarded the Jim Grew Girls1 Overall scholarship sponsored by Jim Grew in the amount of $2,000.


BG Bickley

BG Bickley from Macon, GA won the Boys 2 National Overall Points award at the 2020 Goode U.S. National Water Ski Championships in Zachery, LA, and has been awarded the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Boys 2 Scholarship sponsored by Jim Grew in the amount of $1,500.

Kamryn Massey

Kamryn Massey from Lakeland, FL won the Girls 2 National Overall Points award at the 2020 Goode U.S. National Water Ski Championships in Zachery, LA, and has been awarded the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Girls 2 Scholarship sponsored by Jim Grew in the amount of $1,500.

Chase Sparks

Chase Sparks from Dallas, GA won the Boys 3 National Overall Points award at the 2020 Goode U.S. National Water Ski Championships in Zachery, LA, and has been awarded the Dutch Brothers Coffee Boys 3 Scholarship sponsored by Steve Grubbs in the amount of $1000.


Emma Davis

Emma Davis from Oviedo, FL won the Girls 3 National Overall Points award at the 2020 Goode U.S. National Water Ski Championships in Zachery, LA, and has been awarded the Drake & Associates Girls 3 Scholarship sponsored by Tony Drake in the amount of $1000.

Carter Reese

Carter Reese from Walnut Creek, CA won the Boys 4 National Overall Points award at the 2020 Goode U.S. National Water Ski Championships in Zachery, LA and has been awarded the Dr. JD Morgan Boys 4 Scholarship sponsored by Dr. Mike Morgan in the amount of $1000.


Kendra Nathan

Kendra Nathan from Canyon Lake, CA won the Girls 4 National Overall Points award at the 2020 Goode U.S. National Water Ski Championships in Zachery, LA and has been awarded the Linda Giddens Girls 4 Scholarship sponsored by Jody Johnson in the amount of $1,000.

Blaze Grubbs

Blaze Grubbs from Rio Linda, CA won the Boys 5 National Overall Points award at the 2020 Goode U.S. National Water Ski Championships in Zachery, LA, and has been awarded the Dr. JD Morgan Boys 5 Scholarship sponsored by Dr. Mike Morgan in the amount of $1,000.

Kristen Baldwin

Kristen Baldwin from Winter Garden, FL won the Girls 5 National Overall Points award at the 2020 Goode U.S. National Water Ski Championships in Zachery, LA and has been awarded the Linda Giddens Girls 5 Scholarship sponsored by Jody Johnson in the amount of $1,000

Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation preserves and 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.


Stay tuned for more scholarship announcements.

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Updated: Sep 9, 2020



The 2020 USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony is being postponed until April 24, 2021.

“Polk County has asked us to delay our celebration until the spring due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 Pandemic. At that time, Hall of Fame inductees will be honored in a large ceremony. It should be an incredible event,” says USA-WWF President Ed Hickey.

If you purchased tickets for the 2020 Hall of Fame, those will be valid for the 2021 event. Additional tickets will also be sold after January 1, 2021.


Thanks to the hard work and support of USA-WWF Project Executive Director Hank Longo and Polk County Sports Marketing, the Hall of Fame festivities will be an All-Polk County event taking place in Auburndale and at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. More details will be available at the end of the year.


​If you can't attend but want to help make this event happen, please make a donation.


For more information, email info@waterskihalloffame.com



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