Announcing our 2016 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Lani Marrill, Ryan Satira, and Nicole Emerson for winning our Undergraduate Scholarship prize of $500 each.

Congratulations to Natalie Taylor for winning our Postgraduate Scholarship prize of $1,000.

Let’s meet them:


Natalie Taylor is a 3rd-year student of Medicine at Temple University and has a bachelors in Environmental Science. She was a lifeguard in Del Mar, California, for 5 years and has worked with doctors, medics, fire fighters and lifeguards in Guatemala and Nicaragua. She volunteered to teach spanish to 1st year med students at her college and taught english and public health classes in Chile. She spent the summers between completing her degree and entering medical school working with disabled children as a water safety volunteer where she delighted in giving them the opportunity to surf and enjoy the water.


Lani Merrill

Lani Marrill is in the Nursing program at Saint Francis University and is a competitive swimmer and diver, SCUBA diver and captained her high school and collage water polo teams. She has worked as a California state lifeguard since 2013 and volunteers with Wounded Warriors working with disabled vets to learn outrigger and stand-up paddling.



Nicole Emerson works as a lifeguard both as a lieutenant in Jacksonville Beach and at the pools at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ football stadium. She has trained lifeguards in the U.S., Greece, Macedonia, Nicaragua, and Mexico. She is an EMT and is pursuing her bachelors degree at Florida State College of Jacksonville.



Ryan Satira is a lifeguard instructor and EMT studying recreational therapy at Slippery Rock University. He aims to incorporate aquatic sessions in his therapies and train lifeguards and other aquatic professionals about how to interact with individuals with disabilities in emergency situations.

Stay tuned for our Project Grant award winners. The application deadline is Dec. 1st.