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What you should know about applying for a scholarship with the Pinnacol Foundation

June 27, 2018
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With the rising cost of college, paying for higher education is only getting more difficult for everyone. In fact, a report from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education found that costs increased by 34 percent at Colorado's public universities between 2011 and 2016. Imagine adding to that expense a trauma that affects the whole family emotionally, physically and financially.

“My dad was working in construction and he fell from a three-story building,” said Alejandra Venzor, a Pinnacol Foundation recipient. “Only my mom was working so we had a lot of financial issues going on. It felt like we had to grow up a little faster.”

Fortunately, there are steps families affected by a workplace injury can take to ease the financial burden. The Pinnacol Foundation offers a scholarship opportunity for students affected by work-related injuries in Colorado. Here’s what you need to know:

Who is Eligible for a Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship?

The scholarship was designed to help the children of injured workers. If your parent, adoptive parent, stepparent, or legal guardian has been injured or killed in a workplace accident covered by any workers’ compensation carrier in Colorado you may be eligible for the scholarship.

In addition, applicants have to be between the ages of 16 and 25, should have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and a high school diploma or GED (or be a senior in high school). Previous applicants are welcome (and encouraged) to apply again!

Nearly 500 Colorado students supported

Since the Pinnacol Foundation was founded in 2000, we’ve helped more than 500 Coloradans make their education more affordable. A work-related injury or fatality shouldn’t keep you from fulfilling your potential, and we’ve awarded hard-working students nearly $5 million in scholarship funds. For the 2018-2019 school year alone, our scholars will receive more than $450,000 to pursue their academic goals - that's an average of $4,500 per student.

How to apply

We accept submissions starting November 1, 2018, and the deadline is February 15, 2019. If you have any questions, visit our website or give us a shout. You can reach us via email at, and feel free to call us at 303.361.4775.

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