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In Awareness Week, Kids’ Chance Recruits Scholarship Applicants

L to R: Governor Phil Scott with Kids’ Chance scholarship recipients, Andrea Tester and Ashlyn Evans.

What happens when a child loses a parent to a work-related fatality? How do families cope with a dramatic decrease in income because a parent cannot return to work due to an injury? In many cases, paying for higher education seems impossible. Kids’ Chance of Vermont is committed to providing scholarships to help children of injured or deceased workers to pay for their education at a time when their families cannot.

What’s Special About Kids’ Chance Awareness Week?

On November 8, Governor Phil Scott signed a proclamation recognizing November 13-17, 2017 as Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in Vermont. Scholarship recipients, Andrea Tester and Ashlyn Evans, attended, as did Vermont Commissioner of Labor, Lindsay Kurrle.

Awareness Week is designed to highlight the scholarships that Kids’ Chance provides and spread the word to eligible students. We are actively looking for applicants for the 2018-2019 school year. In the past, we’ve successfully raised money from businesses and individuals in the workers’ compensation field but have had a shortage of applicants. During Awareness Week, we want to let more people know about the opportunity to receive a scholarship.

Burlington attorney Keith Kasper, president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont, said: “Investing in the educational future of children affected by a family workplace injury makes a huge difference in their lives and subsequently in the lives of others. Awareness Week helps us to extend our reach and identify more students who could benefit.”

What has Kids’ Chance of Vermont Achieved?

Since its formation in 2014, Kids’ Chance of Vermont has awarded three annual scholarships:

  • 2017-2018: $12,000 to Andrea Tester of Orwell to attend Castleton University and major in education. Andrea’s dream of becoming a middle school English teacher was placed in jeopardy when her father suffered a severe work-related back injury that left him unable to work for four years.
  • 2016-2017: $9,000 to Ashlyn Evans of Groton to attend Michael’s School of Hair Design, a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Bedford, NH. Ashlyn plans to open her own beauty salon. Her mother was injured while working as an LNA and was not able to go back to her job.
  • 2015-2016: $10,000 to Lyndsey Cox of Rutland to attend Sage College in Albany, NY, and obtain a degree in physical therapy. Lyndsey aims to use  her degree to work with children. Her father suffered a work-related injury that ultimately resulted in the loss of his leg.

About Kids’ Chance of Vermont

Kids’ Chance of Vermont is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to children of workers who have been injured or killed on the job in Vermont. It is managed by a volunteer board of workers’ compensation professionals from the areas of law, insurance, vocational rehabilitation, and state government. Every dollar that Kids’ Chance of Vermont raises goes directly to funding scholarships. All administrative costs are absorbed by individual board members and their businesses. Collectively, Kids’ Chance organizations in 39 states have awarded over 6,000 scholarships across the country, totaling over $18 million. For more information, please visit our website at kidschanceofvermont.com.

About Kids’ Chance of America

The first Kids’ Chance organization was founded in 1988 by a workers’ compensation attorney in Georgia. Through his work he had witnessed the life-shattering impact of a serious or fatal workplace injury on the worker’s children, who were faced with the difficulty of having to fund their own education. For more information: www.kidschance.org.

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