Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – Kids’ Chance of Florida, Inc. (KCFL) has announced it is accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-20 school year. Applications must be completed by June 17, 2019. KCFL is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides scholarship and educational opportunities for children who have a parent who was seriously injured or killed on the job.
In addition to basic academic and financial need standards, the organization has established four “pre-qualifying” questions for persons interested in applying.
- Are you a resident of Florida?
- Have you been accepted for admission to an accredited Florida Technical School, College or University?
- Are you the child of someone who suffered a serious or deadly accident at work?
- Has that accident or disease been accepted as compensable (the employer or carrier is paying medical and lost wage benefits) under the Florida workers’ compensation law, the federal workers’ compensation law, or The Longshore and Harborworkers’ Act?
If the answer to all four questions is “yes,” then students looking for assistance are encouraged to apply.
Stacy Hosman, a member of the KCFL Board of Directors and the organization’s Scholarship Chairperson says, “While most people say that Christmas is their favorite time of the year, for our Kids’ Chance of Florida Board Members, this time of year comes a close second as we look forward to receiving scholarship applications from bright and deserving students who’s educational and career goals have been impacted by a parent or guardian who has been seriously or fatally injured in an industrial accident.” The organization is asking for the assistance of workers’ compensation professionals and the industry at large to find deserving kids who may not be aware that this program is available to them. For the 2018-school year, KCFL, which was only in its third year of existence, awarded 11 scholarships totaling $51,000. The organization admits it could have doubled that number if awareness of their program had been better.
To that point, Hosman says, “How can People help? By identifying these young adults and educating them about Kids’ Chance of Florida’s mission. Both the people of Kids’ Chance and the student’s families will appreciate them making even a small difference in these kids’ lives.”
Those interested may learn more and download applications at https://www.kidschancefl.org/scholarship-info/.