A budding mathematics teacher whose father was paralyzed following a bad car crash. A straight-A student whose mother was paralyzed in a factory accident. A future mechanic whose father contracted a pulmonary illness from exposure to toxic chemicals at work. Will these promising students be forced to give up their dreams of attending college and working in the fields they love? The Kids’ Chance of Arkansas Program hopes that the answer is “No!”
Kids’ Chance of Arkansas is a scholarship program that grants scholarships to the dependents of deceased or permanently and totally disabled workers who are covered under the Arkansas workers’ compensation program. Funding for these scholarships is made possible through the generosity of corporate and individual donors, as well as fundraising events like the Kids’ Chance of Arkansas Charity Golf Tournament. Scholarships are awarded to students with good grades who show aptitude in their studies. Award recipients can use the money to attend accredited vocational-technical schools, colleges or universities. In the first 10 years of the program $368,000 was disbursed to qualifying students.
Studies have shown that recent college graduates earn more and have an easier time finding jobs than their peers who only have a high school diploma. Losing a parent to a work-related injury can be devastating emotionally and financially and can sidetrack the noble dreams of affected children. The Arkansas Kids’ Chance Program can help alleviate some of that burden. If you or a loved one has suffered a work-related injury, please contact our office to set up an appointment.