Pinnacol scholarship deadline nears

Posted 2/24/10

The application deadline for the Pinnacol Foundation scholarship is approaching and is being accepted now through March 31. The scholarship serves …

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Pinnacol scholarship deadline nears

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The application deadline for the Pinnacol Foundation scholarship is approaching and is being accepted now through March 31. The scholarship 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 2010-11 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 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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