Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a scholarship grant, applicants must have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be bound for postsecondary (post high school) education.
  • Applicants must have achieved a high school diploma by the time of the first disbursement of the scholarship award.
  • Applicants must be under the age of 25 years old at the time of the full disbursement of the Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania, Inc. scholarship award.
  • Applicants must be entering to study or already studying toward receiving an undergraduate bachelor or associates degree.
  • Applicants may not have already attained a bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants in graduate level programs are ineligible.
  • Applicants must have at least one custodial parent or step-parent who has been seriously injured or killed in a work-related accident that has been documented by the parent’s employer.
  • Applicant’s parent’s injury or death was caused by a work-related accident.
  • Applicants are eligible for the equivalent of 4 traditional years (8 traditional semesters) of scholarship award.

How many scholarships are awarded?

The number and amount of scholarship grants awarded by Kids’ Chance of PA each year is dependent upon the number and eligibility of students who apply and available funds.

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Kids’ Chance of PA also accesses matching educational grants for Kids’ Chance of PA scholarship recipients with remaining unmet financial need through our partnership with PATH, a program of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and American Educational Services. The future generosity of Kids’ Chance of PA donors will allow us to continue to leverage additional student grants through PATH.

Top applicants demonstrating both exceptional academic promise and significant financial need, may benefit from special scholarship awards provided by our Scholar Program Sponsors.

Since its inception in 1997, Kids’ Chance of PA has awarded scholarships to many deserving student applicants throughout Pennsylvania.

Because I am a Spanish a major, studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country is highly recommended. Because of my Kids’ Chance scholarship, I had the wonderful experience of spending six weeks studying Spanish at Univeritas Castellae in Valladolid, Spain this past summer.


Kids’ Chance of PA has not only supported me, but also my four older sisters who recently graduated from college. Your support to our family has really had an impact on our lives. Thank you again for your generosity and compassion.

Jacquelyn Speakman
University of Pittsburgh

Thank you once again for the generous scholarship! I love it here at PSU. The classes and professors are all amazing and all the clubs and organizations keep me busy every day.


I would like to thank you for the opportunity you have given me with the scholarship I received. I am attending Lehigh Carbon Community Center and majoring in Early Education to become a kindergarten teacher. I am very grateful for the help I have received from Kids’ Chance.


I would like to thank you so much for the scholarship money. Getting scholarship money makes the start of any school year easier. I am currently in Plastics and Polymer Science at Pennsylvania College of Technology.


I am so thankful and appreciative of everything your organization has done to help me obtain not only my goals but those of so many children who face similar situations.


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At Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania, we’re dedicated to helping our kids who need it most – those who need assistance for college or vocational education because a parent was killed or injured in a work-related accident. Please help us fulfill our mission by donating to our organization or becoming a partner today! To see what difference you can make, read what past scholarship recipients had to say about Kids’ Chance.

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