USA Water Ski Foundation

2017 Michael Gerken Equipment Grant Winners

The Michael Gerken Equipment Grant was established in honor of Michael Gerken, a member of the Iowa State University water ski team. Its goal is to provide young student athletes of limited financial means the opportunity to purchase water ski equipment to continue to compete in water skiing in addition to their college studies.  More information about the grant can be found on the USA Water Ski Foundation’s website.  The March 15, 2017 deadline for other USA Water Ski Foundation scholarships is quickly approaching, don’t forget to apply!

The 2017 winners of the Michael Gerken Equipment Grant are Jack Ralph and Mark Anderson!

Jack Ralph and the Wisconsin Madison Water Ski Team

Jack Ralph

Jack (pictured above in front and kneeling) is the President of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Water Ski & Wakeboard Team. At UW Madison, Jack is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in genetics.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson and his trick skiMark is the President of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Water Ski Team. At Nebraska, Mark has excelled academically in the school’s honor’s program and has made the Dean’s list at Nebraska. Mark hopes to buy a new trick ski to upgrade the ski he currently tricks on (pictured to the right), and help further his trick skiing capabilities. Even though he will be getting a new ski, we hope he keeps the antlers for all his future trick runs!

Congratulations to this year’s Michael Gerken Equipment Grant winners!!



Adam Koehler

Skied with the Illini Waterski Team and the Marquette Waterski Team. Past winner of the NCWSA Outstanding Leader Award. Former NCWSA Operations Committee Chair and current NCWSA Secretary.