What is Kids' Chance of Mississippi Scholarship Fund?

In a recent blog, we discussed the benefits available under the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Act when dealing with a work-related death. Unfortunately, these benefits do not include anything to cover the future educational costs of the children of workers killed on the job. The Act also does not include any benefits to cover the future educational costs of the children of workers severely injured on the job. Children of these workers are typically no longer able to rely on the income of their parents, increasing the likelihood that they will not be able to afford a college education. On-the-job deaths and severe injuries occur every year, and it is a terrible situation for the surviving children. Thankfully, there is a charitable organization focused on helping many of these kids pursue their education dreams.

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Kids' Chance is a 501(c)(3) organization that envisions a time when all children affected by a parent's work-related injury or death can pursue their educational dreams without financial burden. The national organization was established for the purpose of creating, assisting, and supporting Kids' Chance organizations throughout the United States.

Kids' Chance of Mississippi is our state's organization. It is a scholarship fund established by the Mississippi Bar Foundation under the Administrative Law and Workers’ Compensation Section of the Mississippi Bar to provide scholarships for children who have had a parent killed or permanently disabled due to an on-the-job injury that is compensable under the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Act. Mississippi residents between the ages of 17 and 23 may apply for a Kids' Chance scholarship. Applicants must be able to demonstrate substantial financial need. Each scholarship is good for one year, but recipients may apply each year of school as long as they make satisfactory academic progress.

What is Kids' Chance Awareness Week?

Although Kids' Chance reaches hundreds of students each year across 36 state organizations, there are more students in need, especially in Mississippi. Kids' Chance Awareness Weeks is designed to highlight the many Kids' Chance programs during a specified timeframe, as well as inform and educate the families of injured workers and the public in general of the scholarship benefits offered by Kids' Chance and the need for donations to fund said scholarships.

We are pleased to share that Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed November 14 - 18, 2016, Kids' Chance Awareness Week in Mississippi! As a part of Awareness Week, we invite you to visit the Mississippi Bar's website for additional information about Kids' Chance of Mississippi, access to the scholarship application, and instructions for donating to the fund. The link to the website is:

http://www.msbar.org/programs-affiliates/ms-bar-foundationiolta/kids-chance.aspx

Feel free to share this information with your friends, family, and colleagues. Let's get the word out and do what we can for these children!

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