Pinnacol Foundation Awards Scholarships to 112 Colorado Students
Foundation has awarded $4.5 million in scholarships since 2000
DENVER, Aug. 23, 2017 — The Pinnacol Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to 112 students across Colorado for the 2017-2018 school year. View the full list of students who will receive scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year.
The Pinnacol Foundation was created in 2000 by Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, to provide scholarships to the children of Colorado workers who were killed or seriously injured in work-related accidents, whether or not Pinnacol was the insurance carrier. In those 17 years, the Foundation has given scholarships totaling $4.5 million to nearly 500 students.
This year, 47 percent of the Pinnacol scholars are first generation college students; there are 20 groups of siblings and 83 scholars who have received the scholarship for multiple years. Scholars are studying everything from engineering to health care to welding at colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in 17 states. The average award is $3,500.
“No matter where they are in their educational journey, each of these students have shown courage and determination,” said Edie Sonn, chair of the Pinnacol Foundation Board of Directors. “Many have taken on more responsibility than their peers – from working part-time jobs to taking care of a parent who is unable to work. We’re proud to help these students pursue their educational dreams in the face of those challenges.”
Receiving the scholarship is only the beginning. Eighteen Pinnacol scholars graduated in 2017, and many more are putting their degrees to use, including Emilia Cintora of Ault, Colorado. Ten years ago, Emilia’s mother sustained a severe shoulder injury while working on a dairy farm in Northern Colorado. During her mother’s recovery, Emilia changed her bandages, checked her surgical wounds and ensured she had the correct medications; an experience that inspired Emilia to become a nurse.
“With my mom out of work, money was even tighter and I felt guilty about every expense my parents had to pay for,” Emilia said. “I knew I would have to find my own way to college.”
The Pinnacol Foundation proudly supported Emilia, and with a lot of hard work, she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She has now been caring for patients at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins for two years.
To qualify for a Pinnacol Foundation scholarship, a student must be the natural child, adopted child or stepchild or full dependent of a worker who was seriously injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident while employed by a Colorado-based employer. For more information about the Pinnacol Foundation, please visit our website, send an email, or call us at 303.361.4775.
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