Sixteen burn survivors are furthering their education in 2015-16 with the financial assistance of a Phoenix Education Grant (PEG). The scholarship program was establish 14 years ago when Barbara Kammerer Quayle, a school teacher at the time of her burn injury, had a vision to give survivors the confidence and hope that further education would bring. That year she provided the initial funding for the first national survivor scholarship. Since then, countless donations, including a major commitment by AlloSource, have funded recipients. In 2013, the company, one of the nation's largest nonprofit providers of skin, bone, and soft tissue allografts, pledged a $250,000 donation, which will be made over 10 years, to the PEG program, enabling many more burn survivors to achieve their educational dreams.
Daniel Betz, a 2015 Phoenix Education Award recipient, feels that his burn injury taught him he could overcome any challenge and reach his goals in life. With that sentiment in mind—and the help of the recent award of a 2015 Phoenix Education Grant (PEG), he is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Data Analytics and hopes to become a career firefighter. A very hard-worker, Danny currently holds a job as an insurance agent, is working towards his degree and serves as a volunteer firefighter. Having recovered from a burn injury has already helped him relate to other people enduring difficult situations.
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.
Brooke will now put her passion for helping others to use by counseling other burn victims and people with post traumatic stress disorder. “I have always been pulled toward public service. My injury, while closing the door to a career on a fire truck, showed me a whole new community I didn’t even know existed,” she said. After attending several Phoenix World Burn Congresses and other events for burn survivors, Brooke realized this new community could also provide her a new beginning.
Though he was too young to comprehend the devastation of the Salvadoran Civil War, Jose Rivas experienced it firsthand when he suffered burns on 25-percent of his body when he was just three years old. Six years later, Jose and his family fled El Salvador to seek medical treatment for him in California. “The Salvadoran Civil War, and the scars it inflicted upon me, has inspired me to look back at my country and appreciate the beauty of the land, its rich history and culture, and the people who paid the ultimate price to stop the injustice,” said Jose. Instead of allowing the tragedy of his past define him, Jose overcame his challenges and now looks forward to a future focused on teaching and writing.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, a record number of burn survivors are furthering their education during the 2014-15 school year with the help of a Phoenix Education Grant (PEG). The PEG committee, which consists of former PEG recipients, PEG donors, and Phoenix Society board members, reviewed the applications and awarded grants this year ranging from $500 to $4,000. Although these 24 scholars are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, from science to art, they all display a passion for helping others and living to their full potential.
Due to the generosity of our donors, a record number of 18 burn survivors are furthering their education this year with the help of a Phoenix Education Grant (PEG). Read about the 2013 PEG recipients and their inspiring stories and aspirations.
AlloSource, one of the nation's largest nonprofit providers of skin, bone, and soft tissue allografts, announced a pledge of $300,000 over 10 years to the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. This timely investment from AlloSource helps to ensure burn patients receive the very best aftercare they deserve. A significant portion of this gift ($250,000) will be dedicated to the Phoenix Education Scholarship (PEG) that will allow Phoenix Society to award more scholarships each year; helping more burn survivors achieve their educational dreams.
Rachel Anderson, 2013 Phoenix Education Grant Recipient, is pursuing a degree in physical therapy with hopes that her education allow her to "help kids who need physical therapy. My life goal is to be a role model and how others that nothing can stop you." She indicates that her burn injury has shaped her to be "a better person today".
Dexter Durlin, 2013 Phoenix Education Grant recipient pursued his dream of a college education of being a teacher, only after his children completed their own degrees. He explains how he sees his future of encouraging other students that "anything is possible - no matter what challenges life may hand them." He also utilizes his skills as an auctioneer and hopes to benefit Phoenix Society in the future with his skills.
Chelsea Crawford, 2013 Phoenix Education Grant Recipient, has always dreamed of becoming a neonatal nurse. She explains that her burn injury has helped transform her into being a better person, and she is utilizing the PEG Scholarship from Phoenix Society to pursue her education so she can further her work with children.
Jason Heard, 2013 Phoenix Education Grant Recipient, explains how his burn injury has helped guide him down a path of pursuing an education in medicine. He worked on research projects and taught burn injury prevention in Zambia in 2009, 2011, and 2012. He hopes to one day build a burn prevention and burn care training center to serve the entire continent of Africa.
Ryan Douglas, past recipient of the Phoenix Education Grant (PEG) Scholarship has used the scholarship as a motivating and driving force throughout his undergrad school experience and during his early employment career. He continued to use that same motivation for his studies to earn an Executive MBA from Baylor University.
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