The Ray McLain Paddling Scholarship Fund has been set up under Wausau Kayak / Canoe Corporation’s 501(c)3 to provide financial help to qualified up and coming paddlers in the whitewater kayaking sport in Wisconsin and the Midwest.  This will enable qualified canoe/ kayak athletes to train and compete in the sport in pursuit of national and /or international medalling.

As Ray McLain has committed so much of his time, efforts, and dollars over the years to help youth excel in the sport, Wausau Kayak / Canoe Corporation and Green Bay Paddlers United want this to keep his legacy going. A committee to administer the fund is comprised of representatives from Green Bay Paddlers United and Wausau Kayak / Canoe Corporation.

Rebecca Giddens, formerly of Green Bay, WI, Whitewater Slalom World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist says, “It’s the Ray McLain’s of this world that make the difference. He teaches with fun, love, dedication, and determination. Thanks for helping me get to the top, Ray!”

The qualification criteria for athletes includes:


Must be involved in slalom, freestyle, or wildwater


Must express financial need


Demonstrate a commitment to the sport


Demonstrate potential as an athlete, as shown by successfully completed competitions with a track record of improvement in rankings.


Preference is shown to residents of Wisconsin, then residents of the Midwest, as defined by the states of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Iowa.

If you wish to donate to the Ray McLain Paddling Scholarship fund, the check should be made out to Wausau Kayak / Canoe Corporation with a memo that this donation is for the scholarship fund to Wausau Kayak / Canoe Corporation, 1202 Elm Street, Wausau, WI  54401. All donations are tax deductible.

If you wish to apply for a scholarship, contact Wausau Kayak / Canoe Corporation, 1202 Elm Street, Wausau, WI  54401.  Application forms will be available soon.  Click here for pdf version.  The deadline for applications is December 1, 2004.  Mail the completed application form to the address above.  The decision of the committee will be announced at the end of January 2005.

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