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Foundation scholarships available for 2023-2024 school year

November 17, 2022
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Children of injured workers are eligible for scholarships whether or not Pinnacol covered the claim.

DENVER, Nov. 17, 2022 — The Pinnacol Foundation scholarship program is now accepting applications for the upcoming school year. The foundation exists solely to provide scholarships to children whose parents have been injured or killed in work-related accidents in Colorado. The average award is $4,700, and students are eligible whether or not Pinnacol was the carrier that covered the claim. Visit to complete the online application or call 303.361.4775 for more information. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2023.

The Pinnacol Foundation scholarship program began 21 years ago with four students. Since 2000, the Pinnacol Foundation has awarded $7 million to nearly 700 students across Colorado. Funds may be used for four-year, two-year or trade programs at accredited colleges, universities, community colleges and vocational schools in the United States. The foundation is by far the largest scholarship program in the nation supporting the children of workers across the state of Colorado who have been killed or seriously injured on the job. 

“Children of injured workers tend to face greater challenges than other students, which makes their achievements that much more impressive,” said Wes Parham, chair of the Pinnacol Foundation Board of Directors. “It’s a privilege to build on the strong vision of the foundation to offer a pathway for these young people to pursue their educational dreams. We’re honored to be a part of their success and see where their hard work takes them.”

To be eligible to apply for a Pinnacol Foundation scholarship, a student must be the natural child, adopted child, stepchild or full dependent of a worker who was injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident during the course and scope of employment with a Colorado-based employer. The foundation evaluates the severity of the injury sustained by each student’s parent or guardian as well as the student’s academic achievement, financial need and civic involvement and the strength of the student’s essay. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of application.

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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