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September 1, 2016
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Pinnacol Foundation supports 109 Colorado students

For some students, continuing their education isn’t guaranteed. It’s not a lack of good grades that stops them from going to college or vocational training — it’s their parent’s workplace injury.

That’s where the Pinnacol Foundation comes in. We created our scholarship program to ensure that the children of injured workers have the opportunity to pursue their dreams by continuing their education. This year, 109 students across Colorado were awarded nearly $390,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 school year.

Emilia is one of many success stories. While she recently began her nursing career, she’s already spent years caring for one special patient — her mother.

When her mother was permanently injured in an accident at work, Emilia became her caretaker. During her mother’s recovery, Emilia changed her bandages, checked her surgical wounds and ensured she had the correct medications, an experience that inspired Emilia to become a nurse.

However, due to the financial hardships that resulted from her mother’s injury, Emilia’s family was not able to pay for her education. That didn’t deter Emilia. With a lot of hard work and the help of a Pinnacol Foundation scholarship, Emilia went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

“After my mother’s injury, caring for her came naturally to me. She is the main reason I pursued higher education. She never stopped believing in me and my ability to reach my dreams,” said Emilia.

Every student has a story. Hear more of them in this awe-inspiring video.

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