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Pinnacol scholarship applications due April 15

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The Pinnacol Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The foundation provides scholarships to children whose parents have been injured or killed in work-related accidents, regardless of insurance carrier. The application deadline is April 15.

"The wounds of a serious workplace injury are not only physical, but often financial and emotional as well. The whole family feels it," said Edie Sonn, chair of the Pinnacol Foundation board of directors. "Children in these households often take on more responsibility to support the family. The Pinnacol Foundation scholarship helps these students continue to pursue their goals after high school, whether at a four-year university, community college or vocational school."

Since its inception in 2000, the Pinnacol Foundation has awarded more than $4 million to students for college or vocational training. The average scholarship is $3,500 and the funds can be used at any institution with an accreditation recognized by the United States Department of Education, or vocational education institutions with recognized accreditations.

The Pinnacol Foundation awarded 109 scholarships in 2016. Recognizing that Colorado's future workforce depends on skilled workers in all fields, the foundation is working to increase the number of applications being made by students attending trade and vocational programs. But the vast majority of awardees are attending traditional two- and four-year programs.

To qualify for a Foundation scholarship, a student must be the natural, adopted, step-child 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 injury sustained by each student's parent or guardian, as well as the student's academic achievement, financial need, civic involvement and strength of essay. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and be between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of application.

Visit pinnacolfoundation.org to complete the online application or call 303-361-4775 for more information.

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