The Domnick Cunningham & Whalen Water Safety Scholarship Winners

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.

Reaction Statement to Winning DCW’s Water Safety Scholarship 2019 

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.