GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Few things impact a child's life more than the death or serious injury of a parent but a new scholarship program could help them get through college.
In 2001 William Schmalz was driving home from work on I–70 in the rain when his car hydroplaned and rolled six times. He was ejected from the car and left paralyzed with a broken neck. The ordeal devastated his family and left his kids with more responsibility than ever.
His kids, Simon and Mallory, say learning to adapt to their dad's new life as a paraplegic was hard. But fortunately they received help from the Pinnacol Foundation. The group provides college scholarships to students who's parents have been killed or seriously injured in work related accidents. Simon and Mallory are recipients of the scholarship and now attend Mesa State College.
The two say the program is great for them because they can continue their education while living at home and still helping out their dad.
To apply for a Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship call Elizabeth Starkey at 303–361–4775. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, a personal essay and the severity of the parent's injury.