Broken backs, occupational cancer, traumatic brain injuries…it’s no secret that catastrophic workers’ compensation injuries in North Carolina cause devastating physical pain, disability, and even death to affected workers. But what about the children of those injured workers?
As the families of injured workers in North Carolina know all too well, a serious work injury, disease, or death impacts the whole family. The devastating financial and emotional toll should not also stifle the dreams of children who, before the catastrophe suddenly changed their life, had planned to attend college or technical school.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared this week —November 12 to 16, 2018— Kids’ Chance Awareness Week. The nonprofit organization Kids’ Chance of North Carolina provides financial scholarships to help children of workers seriously injured or killed while working for a North Carolina employer. The organization started in 2004 and has awarded scholarships totaling more than $450,000. Scholarship funds come from donations by individuals, groups, organizations, foundations and medical, legal and other professionals. Current annual scholarship amounts range from $2,000 to $5,000 and are determined based on the student’s financial need.
By making this important proclamation, Governor Cooper hopes to increase the visibility of scholarship opportunities for the children of victims of a catastrophic work injury, occupational disease, or death. If you or someone you know has suffered financial distress due to the work injury, disease, or death of a parent, click here to learn how to apply for need-based scholarships.