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$408,620 in scholarships to children of injured workers

August 24, 2022
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DENVER, Aug. 24, 2022 — The Pinnacol Foundation recently awarded $408,620 in higher education scholarships to 87 students across Colorado for the 2022-23 academic year. Each year, the foundation provides scholarships to ensure that the children of people seriously injured or killed on the job have the opportunity to pursue their education dreams. The average award is $4,700 and students are eligible whether or not Pinnacol was the carrier that covered the claim.

The Pinnacol Foundation scholarship program began 21 years ago with four students. Since 2001, the foundation has awarded nearly $7 million in scholarships to more than 700 students for college and vocational training. The foundation is by far the largest scholarship program in the nation, supporting the children of workers across the state who have been killed or seriously injured on the job. 

2022 Pinnacol Foundation scholarship recipient Kyler Deniston is from Milliken, Colorado, and attends the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. At 17, he lost his father to a tragic work-related accident. After his father’s death, Deniston leaned into academics, earning a spot on the honor roll, becoming a member of the National Honor Society and winning the 2019 CU Boulder Colorado Outstanding High School Student award. Now entering his third year of college, Deniston is thinking about what comes next for him. “Being as family-oriented as my dad was, abruptly losing the person who taught me so much in life was a detrimental change,” said Deniston. “My own journey is what I look forward to in the future. I am excited to see where my hard work and studies will take me.”

Pinnacol scholars tend to face greater challenges than do typical students, which makes their achievements even more impressive.  

The Pinnacol Foundation scholarship program is made possible through the generous support of Pinnacol Assurance, corporate sponsors and our community of individual donors

View a full list of scholarship recipients from 48 Colorado towns.

About The Pinnacol Foundation

The Pinnacol Foundation was established in 2000 as a charitable nonprofit entity by Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. Since that time, the foundation has awarded scholarships totaling more than $7 million to more than 700 children of injured workers. Scholarship funds are raised through corporate and private donations and annual fundraising events.

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