Kids’ Chance has awarded scholarships to several talented young students affected by work-related accidents. Stories from our recipients below.
"After my father passed away, it was hard to imagine what was next. The KCOCA scholarship helped me feel more confident and supported in my choice to go away to college and pursue my dream of being a doctor. "
UC Santa Cruz, majoring in Cognitive Science
"My life has truly been a journey, and it has not been easy. I am grateful to have been through what I have been through as without this journey, I would not be who I am today. Thank you for your support, KCOCA."
California Lutheran University, majoring in Biology
"Before my dad passed, I remember him stressing the importance of education. He wanted us to do better in school than he had. Now, thanks to KCOCA, I’m able to go to my first-choice school and fulfill my dad’s dreams of me going to college.."
UC San Diego, majoring in Biology
"Since my dad’s injury, things have been tight financially. I was worried about how I was going to pay for college, but the KCOCA scholarship has helped both my parents and me feel a lot less stressed about furthering my education."
Utah State University, majoring in History
Hear Michelle’s story.
“With the help of KCOCA, I’m able to attend the University of Nevada at Reno, which will allow me to later attend nursing school and ultimately realize my dreams of working for a rehabilitation facility.”
University of Nevada at Reno, majoring in Community Health Science and Pre-Nursing
"I didn’t realize the severity of my dad’s injury when he first got hurt. When he still wasn’t working three years after his injury, I started worrying if I would be able to afford to go to college. I’m so thankful for the KCOCA scholarship. It has strengthened my hope for my future..
San Jose State University, majoring in Biological Sciences Hear Sophia’s story.
“The last four years have granted me access to a number life changing opportunities. My family and I once wondered how we’d be able to afford my college tuition; but with the help of KCOCA, I'm proud to say that I will be graduating in June of 2020. Kids’ Chance of California could not have chosen a better name as they gave me exactly that, a CHANCE to pursue my dreams.” University of California, Riverside, majoring in Kinesiology.
"With both of my parents being disabled, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to completely depend on them to help pay off my college tuition. It’s heartwarming to know that organizations like KCOCA are available to help me attend college to make something of myself. I couldn’t be more grateful for the scholarship.”
Sonoma State University, majoring in Chemistry.
Hear Maria’s story.
“I've attended Catholic school since kindergarten and always wanted to continue that tradition in college. For that reason, I’m very appreciative of the KCOCA scholarship. Without it, it would be incredibly difficult to continue my education at such a wonderful school.”
Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, majoring in English.
“My dad’s injury was so severe, it practically left my mom to raise my brother and me as a single parent. My mom was incredibly stressed out with sending me to a costly school far away but the KCOCA scholarship made it possible for me to go the school that I dreamed of attending. University of San Francisco, majoring in Sociology
Hear Leah’s story.
"The KCOCA scholarship helps so much. With it, I'm finally able to afford the education that will allow me to pursue a degree in economics and make a difference in our economy.”
University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Economics
"Im truly grateful for the generous KCOCA scholarship offer I’ve been awarded. Thank you for investing in furthering my education at UC Santa Cruz. With the scholarship, I'm motivated to pursue excellence with my education as well as in my collegiate swimming career.”
UC Santa Cruz
“The KCOCA scholarship came at the right time, as I had no money to pay for the last two years of my college education. Without the scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to pursue my career in workers’ compensation.” California Baptist University, majoring in Criminal Justice.
Hear Haley's story.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP GRADUATES
“After my mom and dads’ passing, my sister and I knew we would face financial struggles. With the help of KCOCA, the financial struggle of attending college has gone away and made higher education an actual possibility for me.”
Cameron graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Hear Cameron’s story.
Trent graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Systems Management, and is working in plant health management for a hops breeding company.
Harrison graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.
Hear Harrison’s story.
Brianna graduated with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. She returned to school to complete her prerequisites for applying to a nursing program. She’s currently interning at a hospital to gain experience in the nursing field.
With the help of KCOCA, Kyle graduated from Humboldt State University with a Criminal Justice degree.
Following his college graduation, Kyle attended and graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy. He’s currently interviewing to become a probation officer.
Jayden Raye, our 2017 David DePaolo Memorial Scholarship recipient, graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a Political Science degree. She is working as a political communications consultant in New York City.
Hear Jayden Raye’s story