2016 Kids’ Chance Awareness Week

10.19.2016


Kids’ Chance awareness week 2016 is November 14-18, 2016. There will be activities throughout the United States to raise awareness of the need for scholarships and the impact of work injuries on families.

       What happens when a child loses a parent to a work-related fatality? How do families cope with a dramatic decrease in income because Mom or Dad cannot return to work due to an injury? In many cases, a college education seems unattainable. No student should be denied the opportunity to pursue an education due to lack of finances. That's where you come in. At Kids' Chance of America, we believe that by investing in our children’s future through college scholarships, we can provide them with the tools to be successful in the workplace, so that they can make a difference in their own lives as well as the lives of others. Kids’ Chance of America is committed to identifying eligible scholarship applicants across the country. With this in mind, we would like to invite you to take part in our outreach program, the Planning for College Initiative, to help us find future college students in need! What is the Planning for College Initiative and How Can I Help? The Planning for College Initiative is a program designed to reach potential scholarship applicants. Using a return card and a website collection system, we are looking to provide industry professionals, specifically those who spend time in regular communication with seriously and fatally injured workers and families, with a simple tool to identify children in need.

       We collect and maintain contact information for these scholarship applicants so that we may reach out to them when the time comes to start considering college. We’ve already helped over 350 students and with your assistance, we can continue to grow that number. You can help us by sharing this program with your colleagues who come in contact with injured workers or their families, especially those that have children who could be eligible for a scholarship now or in the future. Planning for College materials can be found on our website, or to request Planning for College Cards, please contact our office at admin@kidschance.org or call 484-945-9903.

       Faces of Kids’ Chance Every time a scholarship is awarded to a deserving student, the Kids’ Chance family grows. The Faces of Kids’ Chance community shares the stories of student scholarship recipients nation-wide. Read three stories from scholarship recipients below:

       Trent, a student at the University of Idaho: “The caring people who have donated this money to me have also invested in my dreams to become an agricultural engineer who will discover and improve the agricultural world. I had fallen in love with this area as soon as I arrived at the University of Idaho, a campus surrounded by the most fertile farming land in the Northwest. I ultimately want to be in the agricultural industry, consulting and creating fabrications of parts for large farming companies.”

        Victoria, a student at West Virginia University at Parkersburg: “Receiving the Kid’s Chance Scholarship has helped me pay for my books and part of my tuition. Without it I would have to go deeper into debt to be able to afford a postsecondary education. Awarding me this scholarship has been a big encouragement to me personally as well. My best college experience has definitely been publishing my first book, “Heroes of Theia.” It is a fantasy, action adventure book. I write under the pen name T. R. Galyean. It is available in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.”

       John, a student at Bloomsburg University: “[My education] is only possible because of what this organization has been able to do when it comes to providing scholarships for students and families in a similar situation to mine. In late 2009, my mom fell while going up a flight of stairs at work. After many surgeries, she still finds herself dealing with issues relating to the fall and unable to work, over 5 years later. My family suffered through a significant loss of income and that put a huge financial burden on my parents when it came to supporting five children. I could see my mother was in pain. But not just physical pain from the injury itself, emotional pain. I could see her struggling to see how one parent would be able to support all of us, let alone help send one to school. I knew she wished her and my dad could do more to aid me and they tried, but I insisted they didn’t. Because of this, I ended up taking time off after I graduated high school to begin saving money to help pay for my own education. After taking a year off and saving almost all the money I made, I realized my dream of going to school would also come with a significant amount of debt. This all changed during my sophomore year of college, when I first heard of Kids Chance of Pennsylvania an organization that was designed and made to help people like me.”

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