It is that time of year when newly minted high school grads looking to the fall with grand ideas and great hope are preparing to embark on the adventure of higher education. A future awaits these kids; a future that offers potential stability and success for the lives that await them.
Now, if they could just figure out how to pay for it all. This is an especially difficult conundrum for children in family’s that have experienced a serious workplace accident. Workers’ compensation might be a safety net, but it usually does not cover the income needed to properly prepare for a child’s college education. That is where Kids’ Chance steps in.
Kids’ Chance is dedicated to providing scholarships to children whose parent has suffered a serious or fatal workplace injury. Established in 1988, it has provided over 8,000 scholarships totaling more than $27,000,000. Now in 49 states (soon to be 50), they are busily preparing to accept the scholarship applications of these kids in need. There is only one problem.
Many of these kids don’t know the opportunity exists. They don’t know to apply. These Kids’ Chance organizations have money. Many, like the one I am involved with here in Florida, struggle each year to get the word out that help is available.
That is where you come in.
Kids’ Chance is primarily funded by the generosity of those within the workers’ compensation industry. It is that same industry that must step up and spread the word to these families in need. If you know of a family with college-bound kids, let them know that this program is here to help. In some states, like here in Florida, you can refer kids anonymously. If you are worried about a conflict of interest in a litigated environment, you can submit their info and the KC organization will reach out to them.
And if the children are very young, they can be registered in the Kids’ Chance of America Planning for the Future database. You can learn more about that program here.
To find a Kids’ Chance organization in your state, go to https://www.kidschance.org.
And if you are in Florida, refer a kid today. As an industry, you’ve generously supported us. You’ve given us the cash.
Now give us the kid, and give them their future.