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USA Racquetball Announces Scholarship Recipients

by USA Racquetball

USA Racquetball is proud to announce the recipients of our 2021 USA Racquetball Scholarships. Since the inception of the scholarship in 1990, over $70,000 has been awarded to more than 100 individuals.

Thank you to everyone who applied for the 2021 USA Racquetball Scholarship. This year’s pool of applicants was impressive, and it was extremely challenging to narrow the field down to four recipients.  

The 2021 USA Racquetball Scholarship recipients include Nikita Chauhan (San Ramon, CA); Tarun Martheswaran (Draper, UT); Julia Stein (Murrysville, PA); and Krish Thakur (Tracy, CA).  

Nikita Chauhan Headshot

Nikita Chauhan (San Ramon, CA) is currently a student at the University of California - Berkeley (Class of 2023) studying Cognitive Science. Nikita is a six-time qualifier for the U.S. National Junior Racquetball Team and has earned six National Gold Medals. In high school, Nikita was part of the Science Alliance, National Honor Society, and Varsity Speech and Debate. She also is a talented piano player (and instructor!) and a Kathak Indian Classical dancer. Nikita was/is President of both her high school and collegiate racquetball teams.  

Tarun Martheswaran Headshot

Tarun Martheswaran (Draper, UT) is currently a student at The Waterford School (Class of 2021) and is still deciding where he will attend college to study applied mathematics. Tarun is a Varsity Tennis and Varsity Racquetball player. In addition, he is the Founder/President of both The Waterford School Spanish Club and the AP Preparation Club; a former CEO/President/Founding Member of 501c3 nonprofit Mission Math Utah; Head Panel Member of Sandy Youth Court; State Stem Ambassador at Utah STEM Action Center; a children's book author (The Number Monster); and has held research internships with the University of Utah Adler Mathematical Biology Group and the Huntsman Cancer Institute Doherty Lab. Tarun is both a National AP Scholar and National Merit Semifinalist.

Julia Stein Headshot

Julia Stein (Murrysville, PA) is currently a student at Baldwin Wallace University (Class of 2024) pursuing a degree in Public Health and a minor in Biology. Julia is an eight-time qualifier for the U.S. National Junior Racquetball Team and a five-time World Champion medalist. In high school, Julia was CEO & President of the Spirit Club, a member of the Spanish Honors Society, on the Highest Honor Roll all four years, and graduated in the top 5 in her class. She also received medals for Spanish, Health, and Religion classes. 

Krish Thakur

Krish Thakur (Tracy, CA) will graduate from John C. Kimball High School (Class of 2021) and is currently deciding between the following schools to pursue a degree in computer science: UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia, UC Davis, and UC San Diego. Krish is a multiple-time National medalist and also competes in both cross country and track & field. In high school, Krish was Math Club President, SAT/College Prep Club Co-President, National Honors Society Co-VP, Key Club Member, and on the Principal’s Honor Roll (never having a GPA under 4.2).


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