Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship 2023
Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship: Anastopoulo Law Firm awards a $2,500 academic-based scholarship to two (2) deserving students in South Carolina who are pursuing higher education at an accredited college/university or graduate school. Students from all areas of study are invited to participate. Interested students must use the form on this page to apply. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2023.
Scholarship Essay Topic
To apply for the Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship, please write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay on the following topic: Tragedy to Triumph: How My Accident Changed My Goals.
Essays should describe how a traumatic accident has changed your life and affected your future and career. Please be sure not to exceed the 1,500-word limit.
The Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship is given in honor of our 2022 winner, Trinity Pearson, a current student of Coastal Carolina University.
On July 18, 2008 Trinity and her father were involved in a tragic car accident on Highway 34 while traveling from Florence, South Carolina to Bennettsville, South Carolina. Upon the collision, she was thrown from the vehicle, which lead to a massive skull fracture. While being transferred to the hospital, Trinity was coded on multiple occasions. Later that day, doctors informed her parents she would not survive and if she did, she would be in a permanent vegetative state.
After multiple surgeries, Trinity was released from the hospital 4 months with the use of a wheelchair, tracheostomy tube, feeding tube, leg brace, arm brace, and helmet to protect her skull. She continued her rehabilitation at McLeod Pediatrics Rehab Services in Florence, South Carolina. She and her parents would travel 4 days a week from Bennettsville to Florence for her to receive PT, OT, and ST.
Upon her return to school, the administrators and teachers placed her in a remedial class, but she refused to accept the limitations placed on her and her disabilities. Many challenges, including bullying, were daily issues for her. But as Trinity persevered, she noticed that she was an inspiration to so many people.
This accident also placed many finical burdens on her family, forcing her parents to move in with her grandparents so that Trinity could be properly cared for.
Trinity became a poet, obtained her first job, and graduated with Honors from South Florence High School in 2022. She now attends Coastal Carolina University, studying at The Wall College of Business where she majors in Hospitality and Resort Tourism Management. She is also an active member of the Coastal Inspirational Ambassadors Choir and hopes to one day own her own Travel Agency. Winning this scholarship will allow Trinity to continue to pursue her dreams and inspire people not just at Coastal Carolina, but all across the Palmetto State.
Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship 2023 Terms and Conditions
The Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship is open to all incoming and current college/university and graduate students who meet the eligibility criteria listed and are residents of either the State of South Carolina.
Any application that does not meet the stated requirements, is submitted in a way other than through the official form on the Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship page, or is submitted after the June 15, 2023 deadline will be disqualified from consideration for the $2,500 award.
In order to be considered for the $2,500 Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship award, applicants must meet a variety of criteria:
- Be a United States citizen OR authorized to work or study in the U.S.
- Be a resident of South Carolina
- Be admitted for enrollment at an accredited college/university or graduate school
- Provide an unofficial transcript showing a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
- Write an original 1,000 to 1,500-word essay on the topic listed above
- Agree to the terms and conditions of the Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship
- Submit an application through the form on this page
- Apply by the deadline of June 15, 2023
Anyone who meets the following conditions is NOT eligible to apply:
- Employees or children of employees of Anastopoulo Law Firm
- Past recipients of the Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship
- Applicants who are unable/unwilling to be interviewed by a representative of Anastopoulo Law Firm if they were to be awarded the scholarship.
- Applicants who submit the same essay for multiple scholarships
Anastopoulo Law Firm and its scholarship selection committee will not discriminate against applicants of any protected class, including sexual preference, gender, race, ethnicity, country of origin, disability, veteran status, etc. The award of a scholarship will be granted solely on the basis of the applicant’s merit and the quality of their essay.
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Scholarship Selection Committee
Following the end of the application period on June 15, 2023, Anastopoulo Law Firm will form a scholarship selection committee with the sole purpose of determining a winner. The decision of the scholarship selection committee is final.
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Notification of Applicants
The announcement of the scholarship winner will serve as notification to all applicants regarding their status. Anastopoulo Law Firm is not required to notify each individual applicant regarding whether or not they have been awarded the $2,500 Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship 2023.
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During the application process, Anastopoulo Law Firm will retain certain private information for the purpose of identifying and notifying the scholarship winner. This includes applicants’ names, schools they attend, GPA, email addresses, phone numbers, and similar information. Anastopoulo Law Firm will not share, distribute, sell, or use data for purposes other than the fulfillment of its scholarship selection committee’s duties.
The firm does reserve the right to publish blog posts, press releases, video interviews, and additional media about the scholarship winner and their essay, including private information such as their name and school. By applying to the Second Chance Scholarship, applicants agree to have their essays displayed by Anastopoulo Law Firm if they win.
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