DENVER, Jan. 6, 2010 – Applications are being accepted now through March 31, 2010, for the Pinnacol Foundation scholarship, which serves children of injured workers seriously disabled or killed in work-related accidents.
“A workplace accident can have a devastating impact on a family,” said Elizabeth Starkey, Pinnacol Foundation executive director. “Oftentimes a child will forego plans for college in order to help care for the disabled parent or to support the household. Our scholarship strives to make college possible for them again.”
The scholarship is intended for the 2010-2011 school year. Students may use the money for undergraduate studies at accredited universities, colleges and vocational training institutions.
Since its inception in 2000, the Pinnacol Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to students for college, trade school and other professional training. Award amounts vary; the average scholarship is approximately $3,000 for one year. Students can reapply each year for up to five years or until they reach age 25.
To qualify, a student must be the natural child, adopted child or stepchild of a worker killed or seriously disabled in a compensable work-related accident while employed by a Colorado-based company, regardless of insurance carrier. Scholarships are awarded based on the severity of the parent’s injury, financial need, academic achievement, letter of recommendation, and a personal essay.
Obtain a scholarship application by visiting www.pinnacol.com/foundation <http://www.pinnacol.com/foundation> or by calling Elizabeth Starkey at 303.361.4775.
The Pinnacol Foundation was established as a charitable nonprofit entity with seed money from Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s choice for workers’ compensation insurance. Pinnacol Assurance administers the program and relies on donations to fund the scholarships.
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