February 15, 2024

Western Whitewater Association Establishes New Endowment at College of Southern Idaho to Support Aquaculture Education

Twin Falls, Idaho – The College of Southern Idaho (CSI) Foundation is proud to announce a new fund established by the Western Whitewater Association (WWA). The Western Whitewater Association Endowment Scholarship is aimed at supporting students pursuing education in aquaculture. This initiative underscores WWA’s mission to foster interest in safe whitewater jetboating, encourage family recreation, and promote shared access to rivers for all recreational water users.

Aquaculture, the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants, plays a critical role in producing food as well as replenishing and rebuilding wild stocks and threatened aquatic populations. Recognizing the importance of training the next generation of aquaculture professionals, WWA has partnered with the CSI Foundation to create the endowment.

Through this fund, WWA will provide scholarships to deserving students enrolled in aquaculture programs at CSI. These scholarships will alleviate financial barriers to enable students to focus on their studies, gain hands-on experience, and pursue careers in aquaculture.

“It is with immense pleasure that we announce a $10,000 donation to the CSI Foundation to establish the Western Whitewater Association Endowment Scholarship,” said Chet Thorson, President of the Western Whitewater Association. “This donation highlights our desire to create a scholarship to help get young people involved in our rivers, fisheries, and natural resources.”

“We are grateful for the Western Whitewater Association’s generous support and commitment to advancing aquaculture education,” said Erika Allen, Executive Director of the CSI Foundation. “This endowment will provide invaluable opportunities for our students to pursue their education and make meaningful contributions to the aquaculture industry.”

The establishment of the Western Whitewater Association Endowment Scholarship plays a pivotal role in fostering educational opportunities, for deserving individuals, who demonstrate an interest in the future of Idaho fisheries. By investing in the next generation of aquaculture professionals, WWA and CSI are working together to create a brighter future for the industry, and the communities it serves.

For more information about the Western Whitewater Association and its initiatives, visit To learn more about aquaculture programs at the College of Southern Idaho, visit To learn more about donation opportunities visit or contact


Chet Thorson
Western Whitewater Association

Erika Allen
Executive Director
College of Southern Idaho


About Western Whitewater Association:
The Western Whitewater Association is dedicated to promoting education, conservation, and responsible stewardship of water resources. Through advocacy, outreach, and collaborative initiatives, WWA strives to protect and enhance the health and sustainability of rivers, lakes, and aquatic ecosystems.

About College of Southern Idaho:
The College of Southern Idaho is a comprehensive community college located in Twin Falls, Idaho. Committed to academic excellence, student success, and community engagement, CSI offers a wide range of programs and services to meet the diverse needs of its students and the region.