Two local students among Pinnacol honorees

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By The Staff

DENVER — Two local students were among 113 from across the state of Colorado to be awarded $400,000 in scholarships for the 2014-15 school year by the Pinnacol Foundation.

Moriah Turney, of Brighton, will be attending school at Colorado State University at Pueblo. Abraham Mota, of Henderson, will be attending Front Range Community College. Both were scholarship recipients.

The Foundation, over the past 14 years, has given scholarships totaling nearly $3.3 million to the children of Colorado workers who were killed or seriously injured in work-related accidents. The Pinnacol Foundation was created in 2000 to assist those families after a workplace accident.

“We are immensely proud of each of these students, and especially proud of the 61 scholars who are first generation college students,” said Carole Sumption, chair of the Pinnacol Foundation Board of Directors in a news release. “We are delighted to be able to help these students as they work toward their academic and career goals, and know these students will soon be making valuable contributions to our Colorado communities.”

After a serious workplace accident, families often struggle financially, physically and emotionally. The children may need to take on more responsibility than their peers – from working part-time jobs to taking care of a parent who is unable to work.

Since the Pinnacol Foundation’s inception, it has awarded scholarships to more than 400 children of injured workers. The average scholarship amount is more than $3,500 for the upcoming school year. Students may use the funds at any accredited institution of higher learning for vocational training and undergraduate degrees, and may reapply up to five years or to age 25.

To qualify for a Pinnacol Foundation scholarship, a student must be the natural child, adopted child or stepchild of a worker killed or seriously injured in a compensable work-related accident while employed by a Colorado-based business.