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Apply for a Scholarship

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

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.
  • Hold legal status in the United States; or meet the requirements and have applied or started the process of applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • Submit a comprehensive first-year application which includes documentation of your parent’s accident, personal essay, transcripts, financial information, representation of civic involvement, and a letter of recommendation.
  • Submit a renewal application every year. 

The scholarship is intended for any accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education, and vocational education institutions that have accreditations recognized by the appropriate accrediting organization.

Visit the United States Department of Accreditation Directory to make sure that your school of choice is accredited, or if you are attending a vocational school contact the Pinnacol Foundation to discuss the status of your chosen institution.

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
  • Information about your employment, volunteer and extracurricular activities
  • Personal essay
  • Documentation of your parent’s workplace injury, including a First Report of Injury and a Final Admission of Liability (if the claim is closed) or a General Admission of Liability (if the claim is still open). These are official insurance documents. If your parent’s injury was fatal, an official death certificate is required.

Returning Applicants

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

  • Completed renewal application
  • Most recent cumulative grade transcript (does not have to be official)
  • A written update on your progress toward graduation, including your current academic standing
  • Any new information or updates about your employment, volunteer service and extracurricular activities

How are Scholarships Awarded?

We review all submitted applications first for eligibility and completeness. Ineligible applicants will be contacted, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  

Complete and eligible applications submitted by the deadline will be evaluated by the Pinnacol Foundation’s Selection Committee. The Committee will make recommendations regarding scholarship receipients and award amounts to the Pinnacol Foundation Board of Directors, who will then approve final award amounts. Scholarship applicants will be notified in June if they were awarded a scholarship or not.

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