From our graduates ...

Molly was a 2010 College Graduate & and FTTTF Scholarship Recipient.

meet graduate MollyThank you to the Tragedy to Triumph Foundation for awarding me a scholarship. The scholarship meant so much to me considering that I had to take out loans for every aspect of my collegiate education.

I was honored to be chosen for this award because my ultimate goal was to give back to the burn community in my own way. I was ready to move on to a new aspect of being involved in the burn community. I graduated from Lewis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

After graduation, I started my dream job working at Loyola University Medical Center as a nurse in the Burn Center where I have now been working for just over a year. I love my job and feel that I am a good addition to the burn team considering my past as a burn survivor and involvement in the burn community.

I could not be more grateful for my education and the contribution that TTTF has made to help me get to where I am today. Thanks a million!


Jimmy was a 2013 College Graduate & and FTTTF Scholarship Recipient.

meet graduate MollyThank you so much for awarding me “The Tragedy to Triumph Foundation” scholarships. I am honored to accept any kind of help throughout my college education. It is nice to know that there are still individuals out there that support me 15 years after my accident.

From my previous years of my youth, I knew I wanted to work with children. After being a camper for burn survivors, I was given the opportunity to be a counselor at the same camp. After my first year experiencing how gratifying it is working with children, I knew for sure that’s what I wanted to do for my career.

I graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor degree in Physical Education with an endorsement in Driver’s Education. I am currently working in District 129 at Herget Middle School as a “para-professional” waiting for a P.E./D.E. position to open up.

Thank you to everyone who supported me on my journey. I cannot wait to give back what was so generously given to me. I could not have completed my collegiate career without the help of FTTTF scholarship. Thank you so much and I wish everyone the best.


William (Jim) was a 2014 College Graduate & and FTTTF Scholarship Recipient.

meet graduate MollyI would like to thank the From Tragedy to Triumph Foundation for supporting my recovery and making my undergraduate education possible. The scholarship went a long way towards helping me move towards my future career, and the continued encouragement and stories of triumph from other recipients and members of the foundation have been invaluable to me.

I certainly hope that I can continue to give back to the community of burn survivors in a unique way throughout the rest of my life, and I have made it my goal to do so. I recently graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and began my medical education at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. As I work to become a medical doctor I am excited at the new and changing roles I can play in the burn community, and I am proud to have the opportunity to learn from the great physicians and nurses who are the reason I am here today.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for everything that you do, and I hope I can make you guys proud.



Jamie was a 2014 College Graduate & and FTTTF Scholarship Recipient.

meet graduate MollyA sincere thanks to the Tragedy to Triumph Foundation for awarding me a scholarship in order for me to complete my degree in Recreational Therapy. The scholarship was such a blessing to me as I was in school a year longer than expected after changing my major and schools. Being part of a community of burn survivors was very encouraging and inspiring.

I have graduated Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy. This education will assist me in my career as an Activity Director at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton, Illinois. My experience of being burned has given me great compassion for those in pain and unable to participate in the leisure activities they once enjoyed. I try to add a little bit of enjoyment to each and every residents’ lives each day. I am extremely thankful to the Tragedy to Triumph Foundation for their financial contribution to my education. I am so blessed to have met everyone in the TTTF and will be forever grateful. 

Thanks again!