Kids’ Chance has awarded scholarships to several talented young students affected by work-related accidents. Stories from our recipients below.
"Before my dad passed in a work-related accident, I remember him stressing how important it was to do our homework – he wanted us to do better in school than he had.
Now, thanks to Kids’ Chance of California, I’m able to go to my first choice school and fulfill my dad’s dreams of me going to college. " -- Wendy
"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 Kids’
Chance of California scholarship. It has strengthened
my hope for my future." -- Sophia
Trent’s father has double amputations as the result of industrial injuries. As one of six children in his family, it would have been very difficult to pay for school without the Kids’ Chance of California scholarship.
Trent grew up in Enumclaw – a town consisting of 12,000 people which includes many farmers, and back woods residents. Living in this community has driven his dream to choose a career working with farmers and country communities.
Trent attends the University of Idaho and is studying Agricultural Engineering.
“The caring people who have donated this money to me have also invested in my
dreams to become an agricultural engineer who will discover and improve the
agricultural world.” – Trent
Emily’s father, a police officer, was killed in a car accident in 2009. Since then, her family has been struggling, not only emotionally but economically since her father was the breadwinner of the family.
Having attended Catholic school since kindergarten, Emily wanted to continue that tradition in college. She attends Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Based on the classes she’s taken so far, she’s interested in pursuing an English or History major.
“I am very appreciative of this scholarship award. Without it, it would be incredibly difficult to continue my education at such a wonderful school.” – Emily
Cameron lost both of his parents in work-related incidents. He attends Arizona State University , and plans to major in African American Studies. He made the football team as a walk on.
He plans to follow his parents’ footsteps and go into Law Enforcement. Listen to Cameron’s story here.
"Having this money to support me will allow me to follow in my parents’ footsteps and go into law enforcement.” – Cameron
Randolph’s father is a lineman who was involved in a serious work-related accident when a vault exploded in 2013.
In high school, he volunteered at Stepping Stones leadership program at Saint Bernadine’s Hospital. The first-hand experience in the medical field solidified his goal to go into a health-related field.
He served in various student body leadership roles and was also involved in varsity sports as captain of his soccer team and played football.
He attends at University of California, Riverside and is exploring Kinesiology as a major.
“With Kids’ Chances’ support, I’m able to attend University of California, Riverside and am exploring a health-related major.” – Randolph
Harrison’s father was a pilot who was killed in 2013 in a work-related crash. He and his father were working on his college admission process at the time of the accident.
In high school, Harrison was a scholar athlete, excelling in AP courses and earning varsity letters in football, wrestling and track. He volunteered extensively in his church, the community and with the Special Olympics.
He attends Azusa Pacific University and plans to study Business Economics/Management.
“With the generosity of Kids’ Chance I was able to focus less on the financial aspect of planning for college and more on my workload as well as football.” – Harrison