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Apply for a Scholarship

Who is Eligible?

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be the natural, adopted, step-child or full dependent of a worker injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident during the course and scope of employment with a Colorado-based employer and entitled to receive benefits under the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of application deadline.
  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.*
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or be a high school senior.
  • Submit a complete application each year including a personal essay, transcripts, financial information, a resume and letter of recommendation.
  • Submit documentation of their parents’ accident the first year of their application.

* Exceptions to this academic standard may be granted (applicants pursuing an exception should contact the Pinnacol Foundation).

The scholarship is intended for any accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education. Visit the United States Department of Accreditation Directory to make sure that your school of choice is accredited.

Applications are accepted February 1 to April 15 each year. Check this page during the application period to access the online application.

New Applicants

If this is the first time you are applying for a Pinnacol Foundation scholarship, you must submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Most recent cumulative grade transcript (does not have to be official): high school transcript, GED certificate or college transcript
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume, including employment, volunteer service and extracurricular activities
  • Personal essay
  • First Report of Injury (this is an official insurance document)
  • Death certificate (if applicable)
  • Final Admission of Liability (if the claim is closed) or General Admission of Liability (if the claim is still open)

Returning Applicants and Siblings of Past Recipients

If you are a returning applicant for a Pinnacol Foundation scholarship, you must submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Most recent cumulative grade transcript (does not have to be official): high school transcript, GED certificate or college transcript
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume, including employment, volunteer service and extracurricular activities
  • Personal essay

Note for returning applicants and siblings of past recipients: Do not resubmit the same FAFSA information, personal essay, letter of recommendation and/or list of activities from a previous year’s application. These documents need to be updated every year.

Application Review Process

All submitted applications will first be reviewed for completeness. If an application is missing any of the required documents, your application will be considered incomplete and ineligible for further review.

All complete applications received by the deadline (April 15) are reviewed and scored by the Pinnacol Foundation’s Selection Committee in May.

The Selection Committee makes recommendations to the Pinnacol Foundation Board of Directors regarding student selection and award sizes. The Foundation Board of Directors makes final determinations in June.

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