What the PEG Scholarship Means to Me

The Phoenix Education Grant (PEG) is helping burn survivor students pursue their education dreams!  The deadline for applications for the 2015 - 2016 academic year is on or before June 19, 2015.    APPLY NOW or share the application with a survivor pursuing their college, technical school, or graduate school education

Sara Christensen is a two-time recipient of the Phoenix Education Grant (PEG) all while pursuing her college education at Miami University.   She recently graduated and is now working at Kettering Hospital in the Adult Intensive Care Unit.

Sara reached out to Phoenix Society to share her education journey and thank the donors who helped to make her education dreams possible. 

She writes, “The Phoenix Education Grant allowed me to do things I would not have be able to do without financial assistance.  I was accepted into a competitive nursing program right out of high school.  During my studies, I was able to continue to volunteer my time as a patient ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati speaking about my story, and burn prevention.  I was also able to serve the burn community as a Phoenix SOAR-trained peer supporter and burn camp counselor.” 

Traveling with her nursing class, Sara studied in Miami, Oklahoma learning about Native American healthcare.  She also volunteered her time at a medical clinic in Mexico.

“It meant so much to me that the contributors to scholarship believed in me when I was just a budding college student.  Now just past college graduation - the sky is the limit. I was unemployed for just one day.  Earning my bachelor’s degree set me ahead in life, and I would not have been able to it without the Phoenix Society’s support. “

Sara hopes to gain critical experience in her new job and perhaps continue her education in graduate school.  “I think I will be able to use my experience as a burn survivor ‘on the other side of the bedside rail’ to connect with my patients.  Being in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) allows me to be a part of a very personal part of people’s lives.”

She concluded, “I want to thank my family, friends, and everyone who supported me.  I am looking forward to being a lead in the UBelong Young Adult program at this year’s Phoenix World Burn Congress.”  Sara hopes to one day be on the contributing end of the Phoenix Education Grant, by assisting the PEG committee with the selection of other well-qualified, burn survivors as award recipients.

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