This year it is estimated that more than 100 Louisiana workers will die on the job. More than 45,000 will be injured, leaving half of those injured disabled. Families of these individuals will face difficult challenges as they struggle to overcome the financial burden of these losses. Often a child's dream of going to college is crushed because of unexpected income loss and/or the necessity to forfeit an education for work to financially support other family members. To these children, the future can appear frightening. Already confronting difficult emotions, they often have to confront the hurdle of funding their education beyond high school.
The LBF Kids' Chance Scholarship Program is helping these kids achieve their dreams. The program provides scholarships to the children of Louisiana workers who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled in an accident compensable under a state or federal Workers' Compensation Act or law. Since 2004, the program has awarded 235 scholarships totaling $459,600.
The first program, Kids' Chance, Inc., was established in 1988, by the Workers' Compensation Section of the Georgia State Bar. Today, there is a collection of independent programs in 29 states.
The LBF Kids' Chance Program was started in 2004 and is administered by the LBF and is governed by a committee representing a cross-section of the state's legal and workers compensation communities.
2016-17 LBF Kids' Chance Online Applications will be available December 1, 2015. Deadline to complete the application is Feb. 20, 2016.
Members of the national organization of Kids' Chance Programs