Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress Sponsorship

The Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress is an annual international conference that brings together more than 800 burn survivors, their families, care givers, burn care professionals and firefighters.

It is a forum that encourages and facilitates the sharing of stories, provides support and increases knowledge of burn recovery. For many it is the first opportunity to meet and share with others who have experienced a burn trauma.

Time at the World Burn Congress is filled with inspirational stories of survival, courage and personal growth. Many have described their experience at WBC as both a powerful and life changing experience. This conference also offers meaningful learning experiences for burn care professionals to better understand the issues that impact burn survivors’ lives. Many firefighters and health care professionals who have attended discuss the closure it brings for them as they witness burn survivors and their families living meaningful lives.

To learn more about the Phoenix Society and the World Burn Congress, visit

The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF) is pleased to offer scholarships to attend the Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress.

Applications must be fully completed and received by the deadline to be considered. Receipt of this completed application by the GFBF does not guarantee the applicant sponsorship. There are a limited number of scholarships each year and each application will be reviewed and considered before a decision is made. If awarded the full scholarship, the GFBF will cover the costs of conference registration fees, travel, and hotel. A small stipend will also be issued to cover the costs of meals not provided during the program. The GFBF scholarship program is designed to cover the majority of expense in attending the conference. However, it is not intended to cover all expenses and attendees will be expected to cover costs not listed above. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to personally contribute and seek partial sponsorship if not all of the resources listed above are needed.

When deciding whether to attend the conference please consider the environment. You will be in a mix, both formally and informally, of hundreds of other burn survivors, family members, and burn care professionals. You will meet new people whose experiences are similar to your own and others who may be extremely different. You will hear stories of struggle and survival. Through this experience it will be important to have an open mind and heart, as well as being prepared to be supported. There is tremendous value in peer support and this conference allows countless opportunities to forge new relationships; whether in a formal session or a chat in the hotel lobby. It’s up to you what you get out of the experience!

To be considered applicants must:
• Be a burn survivor or family/friend/caregiver of a burn survivor, medical professional, member of the fire service, or allied health professional
• Be over 21 years of age
• Be a Georgia resident or treated at Grady Burn Center in Atlanta or JMS Burn Center in Augusta

The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, Inc. does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin in its programs or activities.

For additional questions or information about the scholarship or WBC
contact Programs Director, Dana Dillard at
404.320.6223 or
Or visit the Phoenix Society website.

2018 World Burn Congress
September 12-15, 2018
Grand Rapids, Michigan


Application Deadline: 11:59pm Friday, July 20, 2018

Applicant Notifications: On or before Friday July 27, 2018

If you are awarded a scholarship you will need to confirm your ability to attend the conference by Friday August 3, 2018. 

If something changes and you are no longer able/interested in attending the conference please contact the office as soon as possible.

2018 Scholarship Application

Please note: you do not need to fill out the Phoenix Society’s registration form if you are requesting assistance with registration as part of your scholarship application. If awarded the scholarship the GFBF will complete this for you. However, if you are paying the registration costs yourself you should complete the Phoenix Society’s registration form. 

2018 WBC Information