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Horton and Wilson Earn 2014 USA Water Ski Foundation Scholarships

POLK CITY, Fla. - Two Florida Southern water skiers have been awarded 2014 scholarships from the USA Water Ski Foundation.

The two Moccasin water skiers that have been awarded scholarships from the USA-WSF are sophomore-to-be Ellie Rae Horton (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and  junior-to-be K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.).

Horton, who took home a national championship last season in the women's trick competition, earned the $1,500 Southern Region/Elmer Stalling Scholarship from USA-WSF, while Wilson, who won a second straight national championship in the men's slalom last season, earned the $1,500 Jean Downs Scholarship from USA-WSF.

The nine recipients of the 2014 USA-WSF scholarships were selected for showing considerable commitment to the sport of water ski and the academic arena. They demonstrate a high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.

Horton, who is a third generation water skier, carried a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average during the fall semester in journalism at Florida Southern and is aspiring to be a journalist in the sports field after graduation. She made the President's Honor List for academic achievement and has volunteered her time coaching numerous junior development water ski camps.  

Wilson, who is majoring in business administration at Florida Southern, is a member of the school's Dean's List and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. In addition, he is a senior rated slalom judge and volunteers his time to judge tournaments and is the co-President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

This past season, Horton won the tricks national championship at the 2013 Collegiate Water Ski National Championships and was the women's overall champion at the NCWSA's Eastern Regionals, while Wilson won the men's slalom title for the second consecutive season at the 2013 Collegiate Water Ski National Championships and finished second in the men's overall competition at the NCWSA's Eastern Regionals. As a team, the Mocs finished fifth overall at the national championships.

The USA-WSF scholarship program is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and families. The USA Water Ski Federation, which is the parent organization of the Water Ski Hall of Fame Museum, was founded in 1968 as a non-profit foundation dedicated to the preservation of the traditions of one of America's most popular family recreational activities and to the encouragement of and education in the safe enjoyment of water skiing.

Applicants for the USA-WSF scholarships must be United States citizens, incoming freshman through senior level, full-time students at a two or four-year accredited colleges and an active member of USA Water Ski.

In addition to Horton and Wilson, the other seven USA-WSF Scholarship award winners for 2014 are sophomore Erika Lang of Rollins College ($5,000 Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Scholarship), junior Paul O'Hara of the University of Alabama ($2,200 inaugural George Blair Ambassador Scholarship), junior Stephanie Curran of Marquette University ($1,500 MasterCraft Scholarship), sophomore Jessica Trygier of the University of Cincinnati ($1,500 Correct Craft Scholarship), sophomore Gina Phillipi of UCLA ($1,500 Western Region/Big Al Wagner Scholarship), senior Jacquelyn Schuh of the University of Wisconsin ($1,500 Tim Olson Memorial Scholarship) and freshman Matthew Martin of Indiana Wesleyan University ($1,500 David Kammerer Memorial Scholarship).

Click here for the complete release announcing the 2014 USA-WSF Scholarship recipients 

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