The Domnick Cunningham & Whalen Water Safety Scholarship Winners

2020 Winner: Madison Burgett

Madison BurgettMy name is Madison Burgett, and I am from Fowler, Indiana. I am currently completing my junior year at Butler University in Indianapolis, where I am double majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Growing up, I was terrified of water, and that’s exactly what motivated me to apply for the Domnick Cunningham & Whalen Water Safety Scholarship. Because my family spent quite a bit of time on the lake, my parents signed me up for annual swim lessons every year until I reached high school. Although I hated every one of the lessons, I am finally safe and comfortable in the water. This feeling of safety, gained from years of swim lessons, led me to write my essay about the need for subsidized swim lessons to ensure the water safety of those that cannot afford swim lessons.

In Madison’s Own Words: “While completing a virtual interview one Friday afternoon, I heard my phone vibrating and looked over to see who it was. Given that it was an unknown number and that I was in the middle of an interview, I let it go straight to voicemail. After my interview, I listened to the voicemail and was astounded; I had received the scholarship! Shortly after paying my college bill for the fall of junior year, I wrote a few scholarship essays in hopes of not having to pay near as much for the spring semester. After months of not hearing anything, the call today was exactly what I needed, particularly after receiving my bill for spring semester earlier this week. To Domnick Cunningham & Whalen, thank you!”

2019 Winner: Emily Kruse

My name is Emily Kruse, and I was born and raised in Lawrence, KS. I’ve gone to elementary, middle, high school, and now college in Lawrence. I am currently a freshman at the University of Kansas pursuing a degree in Strategic Communications with a minor in Business. My town is very important to me and the people here have been a major influence in who I am as a person. I am currently a lifeguard at both of the city’s public pools and I thought writing an essay for this scholarship was a great way to analyze the problems we have at our public pools.

In Emily’s Own Words: “When I got the phone call on that Thursday afternoon telling me I won this scholarship, I was ecstatic. I told my parents right away that I had won a scholarship, they congratulated me and told me they were proud of me. For me, I felt a wave of relief, gratitude, and hope. Finding ways to pay for college has been difficult; it seems like every semester I have to start over from square one. Filling out several scholarships a week can be disheartening when you don’t hear back from any of them. Is it even worth it? When I got the phone call I knew all I had done was, in fact, worth it. I was relieved to know that my college tuition would be a little less and any bit helps. I am so grateful to receive this scholarship because not only is it based on a topic near and dear to my heart but also because it’ll make pursuing my degree and career a little bit easier.”