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Lexi Berens wins the $10,000 Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Scholarship

Alexa Berens of Prior Lake, Minnesota is the 2022 recipient of the $10,000 Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Scholarship. Lexi is a Senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biology.

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.


"I’m thankful for this opportunity granted to me by the USA Waterski & Wake Sports Foundation.

The two most important things in my life are my education and waterskiing. Throughout my

college career it has been an honor promoting and spreading the joy of the amazing waterski

community," says Lexi.



Lexi is a scion of the water skiing community and does it all. She skied her first ski show at Tommy Bartlett's when she was just 12 years old and skied there until the legendary show closed down.


Lexi currently competes on the University of Wisconsin's Collegiate Water Ski Team where she competes in all three events: slalom, tricks, and jumping. Lexi and the team qualified for D1 Collegiate Nationals and the Collegiate All-Stars tournament.


Lexi is also captain of the Twin Cities River Rats Waterski Show Team where she performs in several acts including Swivel. She competes in the open division of the Flaunt It Tour and has won several competitions. Lexi is also an amazing barefooter and trains in Florida at the World Barefoot Center several times a year.



“I’m extremely honored to receive the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew scholarship. Waterskiing

continues to be a major part of my life and knowing that my passion for the sport gave me this

amazing opportunity to help further my education is beyond inspirational," says Lexi.




The Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Scholarship was established in 2001 and is given to a qualifying female who attends a four-year accredited college and skis primarily in AWSA, NCWSA, or USA-AWSWS tournaments.


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.