The Domnick Cunningham & Yaffa Water Safety Scholarship

Domnick Cunningham & Yaffa is proud to announce the Water Safety Scholarship, awarding $1,000 to a student who is actively promoting water safety in their community.

Although water activities such as going to the beach, a waterpark, or a local community pool, are often fun events, they can also turn out to be very dangerous. In most cases, the risks these water environments pose require a lifeguard on duty to prevent accidents and injuries. Lifeguards must complete rigorous training to avoid tragedies that can occur in their specific water environment such as life saving techniques for rescuing someone from the water, first aid, CPR, and AED operation.

With the popularity of water activities, water safety is an important topic for everyone. Even for those who personally don’t like to be in the water or are near water, the opportunity to improve water safety can impact and benefit all.

We are excited to offer this scholarship in an effort to promote safe water practices. We asked students to discuss in a 750-1,000 word essay how a certain water-related activity can be improved to provide a safer environment for all. From jet-ski and boating accidents, to waterparks and community pools, identify a specific water safety issue in your community and recommend solutions that will help save lives.

Here at Domnick Cunningham & Yaffa, we support, and respect those individuals dedicated to promoting water safety for others and would like to honor them with this scholarship.

Scholarship Eligibility

In order to apply for The Domnick Cunningham & Yaffa Water Safety Scholarship, students had to meet the following eligibility requirements. Students must be presently pursuing studies at an accredited community college, junior college, undergraduate or graduate school situated within the United States. The award is also open to those who hold GEDs and high school graduates whose college programs are set to commence before the scholarship deadline.

All applicants should have provided proof of good standing from their current educational institution. For the purposes of our scholarship award, this will consist of no less than a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Application Requirements

Scholarship candidates should have submitted:

  • An updated resume, valid contact information and a statement that indicates current student status and educational program level
  • An original essay of approximately 750-1,000 words outlining a water safety need in your community and how safe water practices will help the situation. Provide possible solutions to the hazard and explain how this plan will help save lives in the water
  • Most recent academic transcript (unofficial versions acceptable); freshman-level applicants are permitted to send unofficial documents from the most recent institution attended together with any relevant material from current institution


The deadline to submit your application has passed. Thank you to everyone who has submitted their application. We are reviewing applications and will reach out to the winner in the following months.

Applications should have been sent to by the deadline with the subject line: “[Applicant’s First and Name] – 2022 Water Safety Scholarship” to be considered.

Please visit our winners page to learn more about past scholarship recipients, and thank you for your interest in The Domnick Cunningham & Yaffa Water Safety Scholarship.