TBSS is proud to announce that Gatlin Magee and Halie Harrelson are the 2012 TBSS Scholarship recipients.”
Gatlin Magee, an 18-year-old burn survivor and freshman at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, is a 2012 recipient of the Texas Burn Survivor Society Scholarship. He is studying Wildlife Management and plans to become a game warden for the State of Texas.
Gatlin was injured in the summer of 2010, when he and some of his Pipe Creek,Texas, friends were celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks. He had promised his 10-year-old brother, Chisolm, that he could join the older boys in the fun. However, when a sudden gust of wind forced the firework mortar tube backward, it headed straight for the younger brother. Gatlin instinctively ran in front of Chisolm and put out his hand, trying to stop the rocket. His fast-thinking actions saved his brother from harm, but Gatlin suffered severe burns to his right hand, and eventually lost his right index finger. The scholarship was conceived with the specific intent of helping survivors such as Gatlin realize their educational and vocational goals.
Halie Harrelson, one of our two 2012-2013 scholarship recipients. Halie was a long time attendee of Camp David. When she “aged out” of camp, she returned as a counselor-in-training, working with younger burn survivors. Having been burned at a very young age, Halie serves as an inspiration to others with her grace and maturity. She is currently at San Jacinto College, working towards becoming a therapist to help other burn survivors.