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The Denver-based Pinnacol Foundation has awarded $393,330 in scholarships to 107 students across Colorado for the 2015-2016 school year, including Crystal Angevine of Wellington, who is attending Colorado State University.
To qualify for a Pinnacol Foundation scholarship, a student must be the natural child, adopted child or stepchild of a worker killed or seriously injured in a compensable work-related accident while employed by a Colorado-based business. The foundation grants scholarships to students regardless of the insurance carrier. Scholarships are awarded based on the severity of the parent’s injury, financial need, academic achievement, social responsibility (including employment), recommendation letters and a personal essay. Scholarship applications are accepted annually Feb. 1 through April 15. The selection committee convenes each May to determine the awards.
Since the Pinnacol Foundation’s inception, it has awarded scholarships to more than 400 children of injured workers. Many of the students have received the scholarship every year of their post-secondary education. The average scholarship amount for the upcoming school year is more than $3,500. Students may use the funds at any accredited institution of higher learning for vocational training and undergraduate degrees, and may reapply up to five years or to age 25.