The Avila Family is giving back to the Western Region... again. This time, two young water ski athletes will benefit from the Avila Family's two new college scholarships established this year.
The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to water skiers who show leadership abilities and demonstrate that involvement in the sport has helped them grow both personally and academically.
First up, Kendra Nathan of Canyon Lake, California has been chosen as the recipient of the $2500 Richard Avila Scholarship. Kendra will be a Freshman at the University of Louisiana - Lafayette majoring in Education.
Kendra was also the recipient of the 2018 AWSA Girls2 Overall Scholarship in the amount of $500 and the 2020 Linda Giddens Girls 4 Overall Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Those awards were held in escrow by the foundation and will now be released for Kendra's tuition.
Sierra Klinchuch of Caldwell, Idaho is the recipient of the $2500 Lucille Avila Ortiz Scholarship. Sierra will be a Freshman at Florida Southern College and plans to become a dentist.
"It’s an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to receive this scholarship. I am grateful for the financial assistance that will help me focus more on my education, my skiing, and time with my team," says Sierra.
The Richard Avila and Lucille Avila Ortiz Scholarships are awarded to athletes that preferably compete in National Water Ski Racing Association (NWSRA) events. If there are not any applicants from the NWSRA, then the water ski applicants must demonstrate strong athletic abilities, strong academic standings, and be involved in good community service projects in the Western region of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.
The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation is very proud of our young athletes and honored to support their future academic needs. You can help support our mission by joining or donating to the foundation HERE.