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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 killed or seriously injured 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.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or be a high school senior.
  • Submit at least one letter of recommendation, a personal essay and their most current transcripts.
  • Submit documentation of their parents’ accident.

The applicant’s academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, financial need and community service will be considered.

Grade point average will be reviewed against the number of hours the applicant has been employed and his/her community involvement.

The scholarship is intended for any accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education.

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 grade transcript (does not have to be official): high school transcript, GED certificate or college transcript from last semester attended
  • 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 grade transcript (does not have to be official): high school transcript, GED certificate or college transcript from last semester attended
  • 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

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.

If you are missing any of these documents, your application will be considered incomplete, and you will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.