There may be two scholarships awarded annually to deserving senior students of 3rd Degree Burns who have participated for a minimum of one full year under the Danielle Shipley Scholarship Fund; one is awarded to the 'Most Improved Musician' and the other to the 'Most Accomplished Musician'.
Who is Phoenix North ?
This grant was initiated in honor of one of the original 3rd Degree Burns band members, Phoenix Austin North. Phoenix began at age seven playing harmonica and later added guitar to his talents and performed his first song "Some kind of Wonderful" on stage at the age of nine. On January 4th, 2012, at just 14 years old, Phoenix North suffered a massive stroke which changed everything for him and for his family! At first, they didn't know if he would make it. If he did survive, doctors couldn't tell his family what to expect. Well, he did make it, and today he is a walking, talking miracle who warms hearts and makes everyone laugh despite all obstacles, trials, and disabilities, Phoenix triumphed and 'Rose Above' the difficulties he had to face every day. He is still 'Rising Above' every day challenges because that is his attitude regardless of his day-to-day struggles. Phoenix stands out for his unconditional love of all people regardless of social status, race, gender or sexual orientation. Phoenix and his mother, Leigh Green, currently live in North Carolina.
The Phoenix North 'RISE ABOVE' Grant
In 2014, YMC initiated an additional award called the Phoenix North Rise Above Grant in an effort to recognize those students who stand out for their ‘rise above’ actions and attitudes. This grant will be awarded annually to a deserving member of the 3rd Degree Burns band, someone who emulates the triumphant, ‘rise above’ character of former band member Phoenix North. The award recipient is not selected based on musical ability, but rather by their RISE ABOVE character.
The RISE ABOVE student:
Respects all people.
Is a supportive, friendly and trustworthy confidant.
Rebukes gossip, both vocally and in the social media.
Doesn't let life circumstances hold them down or allow others to feel sorry for them.
Puts others first.
Doesn't let cliques, social status or age differences interfere with friendships.
Defies and 'rises above' bullying, criticism, difficulties and negative comments.
Is triumphant in attitude, regardless of outcome.
The Phoenix North Rise Above Grant is a repetitive award (can be awarded to same individual repeatedly).
The Danielle Shipley Scholarship
Danielle Shipley was a vibrant, 17-year-old high school student with a contagious smile. She was a beloved and a dedicated member of 3rd Degree Burns. Danielle exemplified an uncompromising attitude of love and support for all fellow band members. Her positive influence on the lives of her peers made her stand out as an exceptional role model. The Danielle Shipley Scholarship Fund was created to keep the memory of Danielle Shipley alive since 2009 and will be forever in our hearts.
Danielle Shipley's favorite motto was: "Live. Laugh. Love".
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