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The stories of the students who receive Kids' Chance scholarships speak to the heart of our mission. We are pleased to share with you some of the thank you letters we have received from scholarship recipients and their families.

Thank you for your generosity! I am honored to be receiving the PA Bar Association – WC Section Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. You have truly impacted my life through this amazing opportunity, and I cannot even begin to express have much you have touched my family and my life through this scholarship.Right quote
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Letters from 2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients

Dear Kids' Chance selection board,

Picture of GraceI would like to express my gratitude towards Kid’s Choice for awarding me this scholarship. The scholarship award money will help to alleviate some of the stress that the price a college degree can cause. Since my stepfather’s accident, paying for college has become even more of a burden on my whole family. Receiving a college education will help me to eventually lessen the financial stress that currently rests on my parents due to my dependency. After some time, I hope to return the favor and provide financial assistance to them once I have established myself. The Kid’s Chance scholarship will make it easier for me enter into a career with a smaller student loan amount to repay. Again I cannot express enough, how grateful I am to be awarded this scholarship. Thank you so much for selecting me to receive this award.

Sincerely,
Grace


A letter of Thanks to Kids’ Chance:

Picture of BrittanyIt is with great thanks and appreciation that I send this letter. I am very grateful for the scholarship you have granted me with to help me advance my education here at Cornell.

I became eligible for this scholarship when my father died in 2005 in an accident at work. I was 6 years old. My mother was left having to raise 3 young daughters by herself; I am the youngest. Both of my older sisters have received this scholarship for all the years that they attended college as well.

This scholarship helps bear the burden of the expense of me coming to Cornell, so I can focus more on my studies and less on working to earn more money. It will also help me to have less student debt at the end of my college experience, allowing me to be less concerned about living with that debt and paying it off. Having this scholarship allows me to have extra money that I can then spend to go on trips with clubs I am associated with on campus. For example, I am in the CUDS program here at Cornell, which is the Cornell University Dairy Science Club. Every other year they go on international trips, where they tour farms as well as experience the culture. However, this year, we will be going to California in January because last year they went to Italy. Having this scholarship allows me to have the extra money to be able to participate in these activities, which will further my education and knowledge.

Again, I would like to thank you for my scholarship you have given to me to help me better enjoy my experience here at Cornell!

Thank you and Best Wishes,
Brittany
Cornell University Animal Science ‘20


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Picture of RyanI would like to thank Kid’s Chance of PA for their scholarship, because without it I would be pressed for money to further my education. This scholarship will be used to further my degree in History at the University of Scranton.

I was for eligible this scholarship due to my father’s work injuries while I was very young. The financial situation of my family has been precarious at best for the years following his injuries.

Again, I profoundly thank Kid’s Chance of PA for their generosity, as this scholarship has been integral to my higher education, and therefore my future.

Sincerely,
Ryan
University of Scranton


Kids' Chance of PA,

Picture of TylerI just wanted to take the time out to thank this organization and all of its donors. Without this money and the opportunity awarded to me by Kids' Chance, it would be very difficult for me to continue with my educational career. Kids' Chance has relieved a large amount of financial stress from myself and my family, allowing me to focus on my schoolwork and learn as much as I can about the field of Architecture. I was made eligible for this scholarship and gained my interest in architecture through similar means. My father was a construction worker for a long time, so I became acquainted with architecture at a very young age. Consequently, my father was injured on a construction site, making me eligible to apply for this scholarship. Things have a way of coming together in the end, and I am glad that Kids' Chance was able to give me the opportunity to move forward in life. Without all of you, this would be much more difficult.

Sincerely,
Tyler


Thank you so much Kids' Chance!

Picture of TamraI wanted to thank you for accepting me for this $3000 scholarship. I was very happy to get the letter of acceptance for this scholarship. I am currently an accounting major at Youngstown State University. I plan to graduate in 2019. The scholarship you have awarded me will help me pay for my education. This scholarship will help me financially. Being a college student in debt is very stressful. Having one income in the house is not always easy. It will help me further my education at a really great school.

I became eligible for this scholarship when my mother hurt her back. When my mother was young, she hurt her back on the job at a nursing home. Ever since she has not been able to work.

Thank you so much Kids' Chance!
Tamra
Youngstown State University


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of JaredI want to express my eternal gratitude for awarding me a scholarship every year since I began my undergrad career in 2013. Your generosity has helped my family and I afford a college education at the American University in Washington, D.C. The past three years have been an amazing opportunity to expand my knowledge in my chosen fields: communications, film, and entertainment business. This past year, I studied abroad at the American University of Rome in Italy, which was an experience full of culture and adventure that couldn’t have been possible without your help. I also interned at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and spent a month teaching English in Thailand. In addition to my classes and travels, I am involved with Delta Kappa Alpha, my campus’ professional cinematic arts fraternity, and am currently interning at the Motion Picture Association of America, the world’s number one lobbying group for protecting creative copyright in the motion picture and television industries since the 1920’s.

Through this scholarship, I will be able to complete my Bachelor’s degree this coming May and become one step closer to achieving my dream of working in the entertainment industry. Thank you again to Kids’ Chance for helping my family and I afford a college education!

Sincerely,
Jared
American University


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of MaurioMy name is Maurio and I am currently attending CCAC. I would like to thank you for the scholarship you have generously awarded me this school year (2016-2017). I continue to work towards earning my Business degree.

I am extremely grateful, as the money has helped to pay for my textbooks, as well as part of my tuition. This scholarship has allowed me to focus more on my studies and worry less on how I was going to finance my education.

My goal remains the same and that is to work hard and maintain good grades so that I can pursue my career, which is to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and to someday own a successful landscaping/construction business.

Best Regards,
Maurio
CCAC


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of JennaMy Name is Jenna and I am currently attending Pittsburgh Career Institute (PCI) where I am studying to become a Medical Diagnostic Sonographer.

I would like to thank you for the generous scholarship you have awarded me this school year. The money has helped me to pay for the many educational expenses that I would otherwise have struggled to afford. This scholarship has lifted quite a burden from me and my family.

Please know that I am extremely grateful, for you have enabled me to work towards my dream career!

Kind regards,
Jenna
Pittsburgh Career Institute (PCI)


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of SydneyUpon receiving this scholarship, I was overcome with joy. I have come from a hard financial background that has left me self-reliant when it comes to paying for my education. From a young age, I have watched my mother struggle to create a comfortable lifestyle for her children. After investing her life savings into a house with a significant other and unfortunately losing both, she was also bombarded by lawyer expenses, unemployment, and disability. At times it seemed as if life would never look up, but organizations such as Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania give us the hope and ability to keep moving forward. Thanks to Kids' Chance, I can pursue an education without the constant fear of being held back in life by a mass amount of student debt.

This scholarship means more to me than many will ever understand. Growing up and witnessing the hardships my mother endured has served as motivation to create a successful life for myself and my family. Although I am not quite sure what specific path I am going to take in life, I am currently enrolled in the business program at West Chester University. I invest a lot of time and take a lot of pride in my academics. As a sophomore at WCU, I currently maintain a 4.0 cumulative GPA. I also invest my time in extracurricular activities. I am a member of Alpha Sigma Tau, where we take a lot of pride in charity work and benefiting not only our philanthropy but our community as well. I am also seeking other future extracurricular opportunities such as an honors fraternity and clubs that pertain to whichever career path I choose.

Overall, I plan to utilize this scholarship to pursue an education and create a comfortable life for myself. Without the help I have received from this organization, it would be much more difficult to overcome the burden of student debt that holds many people back from future endeavors. It is with the utmost appreciation and gratitude that I thank Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania for not only considering me as a candidate but for choosing me as a recipient of a Kid’s Chance scholarship award.

Sincerely,
Sydney
West Chester University


Dear Kids’ Chance and the Eastern Alliance Insurance Group,

Picture of MadisonMy name is Madison and I am writing on behalf of the wonderful news of receiving the Kids’ Chance Scholarship. I want to take the time to thank everyone involved in this impactful organization. Going through college without my father, and with a single, unemployed mother has definitely lead to difficulties financially. I have learned that there’s no way to fully educate and prepare students on the costs of their education and living situations when deciding to attend college. This scholarship has opened up many new opportunities for me that I would not have been able to achieve without this assistance.

This year, I am able to be involved in more leadership roles within organizations at my school in Bradenton Florida. I am holding the position of Treasurer of the Student National Pharmacist Association for the 2016-2017 school year. This position entails budgeting, fundraising, and communicating with the Student Government Board.

The other organization I am involved in is called American Pharmacist Association-American Student Pharmacists, where I am a co-chair for a committee called Generation Rx. This position entails educating the public on the misuse and abuse of prescription medications. Where my co-chair and I have to travel and organize all of the events for the upcoming year.

These organizations make me more advanced as an individual and academically by allowing more education on real life issues within my community. Therefore, I can’t thank everyone enough who is involved in helping me achieve a better education and overall life experience.

Sincerely,
Madison


Hello Kids' Chance,

Picture of ElliotMy name is Elliot and I am one of the applicants that was reviewed for the Kids' Chance scholarship, and my application was approved. This means so much to me and my family, and we couldn’t be happier about it. This has taken a large weight off me and my families shoulders, and now feel more at home at Robert Morris University because of it. I felt that I should offer my sincerest gratitude, to the state of Pennsylvania, that I was one of the few to be chosen to receive this award. I would also like to thank the people who looked over and reviewed my mothers and I’s case to make sure that the money would have been going to the right place. The workers at “Kids' Chance” were also very helpful and understanding if there were to have been a communication mistake. I am glad to know that even after everything that happened to my mother, there are still people like “Kids' Chance” who care and are willing to help.

Thank you,
Elliot
Robert Morris University


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of ZacharyI would like to formally thank you and your sponsors for choosing me as a recipient of the Kids' Chance scholarship. Since my father was injured on the job over 10 years ago our family struggled financially. Thanks to your help I am able to help subsidize my college funding this year with your $3000.00 scholarship. This will help me obtain my degree in Marine Biology.

By awarding me with this scholarship you have lightened my family's burden that we are facing with the normal college tuitions and cost. My family and I are extremely appreciative for your support.

Zachary
Penn State University


Kids’ Chance of PA,

Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of AnneI became eligible for Kids' Chance when my father was injured at work doing bridge construction. After losing his job and fighting to get it back, my family’s financial situation was never the same. I wish every day that I could take away the pain and suffering that my father feels, but as he would say “At least something great came out of it.” Kids' chance not only gives me peace of mind, but it gives my parents peace of mind as well. Because of Kids' Chance, I don’t have to work as much and have more time to concentrate on my schooling.

There are no words to express how truly grateful I am to receive the Kids' Chance Scholarship for a third year. Knowing that there are people out there rooting for me whom I don’t even know gives me a huge boost of confidence in my schooling. I strive every day to make Kids' Chance proud to have chosen me to receive a scholarship, and though graduation is a few years away, I know I will have Kids' Chance to thank when I get there. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

With sincere thanks,
Anne
Penn State Altoona


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania, Inc.,

Picture of ShayanaThank you so much for giving me the honor of being chosen as a recipient of this scholarship for the third year in a row. I’ve said this before but if it weren’t for this scholarship you awarded me, I would definitely not be able to attend college and pursue my degree. You have no idea how grateful I am to be able to receive this scholarship another year; I wouldn’t have a college experience to talk about if it weren’t for the help of this scholarship. My mom was a clerk at the post office for twenty-six years and absolutely loved her job and customers so much. She got hurt on the job one day and never fully recovered after numerous surgeries so she unfortunately wasn’t able to do that job anymore. Her body can’t handle much so it’s been hard for her to find another job that she can actually perform and my sister and I have taken on performing a lot of the physical things that she can no longer do such as carrying bags, cooking and extra chores. With the lack of income there is, it’s a struggle for her to contribute to my college education, and there’s a lot of pressure for me to earn as much financial assistance as I can. So again, thanks so much for once again reducing my financial burden to attend college. So far at Neumann, I was a part of the track team my freshman year and currently rejoined for my junior year, I’m a member of the Christina Brame Gospel Choir, I’ve participated in numerous campus ministry and volunteer activities, I am in the honors program, and last year I got to experience being an RA to thirty-four freshman. My getting a college education will help me work towards having a better life for me and my family so thank you again for your generous contribution in helping me achieve this step towards a better life. I don’t take this for granted at all!

Sincerely,
Shayana
Neumann University


Picture of CharlesI became eligible for the Kids’ Chance scholarship through my mother, who has, all my life, been the primary and sole caretaker of myself and my two older sisters. When working in August of 2012 she suffered trauma to her left leg when it was crushed by a forklift. At the time, my sister I were engaged in summer band practices and preparing to start the 9th and 11th grades. The only licensed driver in my immediate family was my oldest sister who was away at college as a sophomore, which presented many challenges. My mom had 14 surgeries and a month-long stay in the Hershey Medical Center and Rehabilitation Center as a result of her severe injuries. In addition, she had to learn to walk and complete basic tasks again during this time and the time spent at physical therapy post-hospitalization. This event has affected my family emotionally, financially, and physically, and in many more ways than one.

My mother’s mother (grandmother) was much like my mother in the sense that education has always been highly valued. My grandmother was a publish away from a Doctorate of Education. My mom has also carried along with her the trait of perseverance. Her injury and ability to raise my sisters and I have shown her dedication to the things, or people, important to her. My oldest sister is now in graduate school, my other sister is a junior in college, and I a freshman in college.

Here at Chatham University I am majoring in Political Science. Like my mother and grandmother, my often stubborn personality is a trait I use positively. If I want something I plan to make it happen in one way or another. My major matches my willingness to recognize problems, think of all the ways they can be solved, and try one until it works. I am very much interested in being an advocate for underprivileged people, which includes people with disabilities of all types. My school stresses the importance of embracing diversity and having a universal understanding of all types of people, no matter where they come from. I hope to continue my studies post-graduation and obtain an advanced degree as I work to make positive changes happen, in one way or another. This scholarship has enabled me to accomplish these things and countless others I will come to accomplish at my time at Chatham.

Charles
Chatham University


Picture of AllisonMy name is Allison and I am currently a junior pursuing an undergraduate degree in Music at the Catholic University of America. I just wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for awarding me a scholarship for the second time. I became a music major with the intentions of eventually becoming a music therapist, looking to help kids who suffer from Autism, Down syndrome, and other mental diseases. My desire to help them is greatly inspired by your desire to help financially assist students who need it. Because of you, I am able to continue a higher education without the stress of worrying how I am going to be able to afford all of it. One day, I hope my degree and my education will allow me to give back to other people, just as you have so kindly given to me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn.

Once again, thank you Kids’ Chance, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association and all the other donors, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers for the scholarship and support you have given me and students all over Pennsylvania whose parents have been seriously or fatally injured the chance to attend post-secondary education.

Allison
Catholic University of America


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pa,

Picture of BridgetThis is my first time applying for this scholarship and I am honored to have received a check in the amount of $3,000. I am so thankful to receive this scholarship for the 2016/2017 school year. It will lift a burden from my family and I’s backs. This means so much to me to receive such a generous scholarship, I appreciate it so much.

Since 2004, my mother has been a single parent raising 3 children. It has been really difficult at times, but my mom is such a strong and determined person and nothing has held her back from providing for us. In 2011, she was first injured on the job and missed work because of her injuries. I thought it was hard then and exactly a year later, my mom was in an accident at work that almost caused her to lose her life. I received a phone call that my mom had been in an accident at work and she may die because of all of her blood loss, and if she survived there is a high chance that she would lose her leg. Thankfully due to the amazing doctors at the Hershey Medical Center, my mom is still alive and she still has her leg. My mother is everything to me and I have relied on her for everything. She had to be hospitalized for a month and in a rehabilitation center for a month, causing me to live home alone while she was gone. Being 16 years old and living alone was probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my entire life, but here I am still strong as ever.

I am so thankful that my mom is alive and still able to walk, although it is with much difficulty. She is the strongest person I have ever known and she is everything to me.

When I found out there was a scholarship for students whose parents had endured a work related injury, I was thankful because my mother’s injuries have truly changed my life. I have worked for 6+ years to help my mom and to lift burden’s from her shoulders, and this scholarship just makes things easier for us all.

Thank you so much for this scholarship because it will help me with all my expenses for this school year. It means so much to me and it will help me more than you will ever know. Attached is a photo of me standing on the football field in Redman Stadium.

Thank you again!
Bridget
Bloomsburg University


Dear Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services, INC. and Kids’ Chance,

Picture of DeannaHello, my name is Deanna and I wanted to express my gratitude to Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania and Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services for granting me a $5,000 dollar scholarship for my senior year. I am beyond grateful and feel very blessed to be offered this scholarship.

I became eligible for a Kids’ Chance scholarship due to my mom’s chronic sinusitis illness. With my mother being on Workman’s Compensation, money has always been a tremendous struggle for my family and I. This illness has caused my mother not to work for about eight years now. I have worked very hard over the past seven years to be able to help pay for my education. My mom found out about Kids’ Chance in February and I am so glad she did. I knew senior year was going to be a tough year to afford since I have already taken out so many private loans. I am so grateful to receive a $5,000 scholarship to be able to finish my senior year at Ithaca College.

At Ithaca College I am a senior Integrated Marketing Communications major. Basically, I major in Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing. This major has taught me all about the communication field and the endless opportunities I have in it. I have held four internships so far all in advertising, public relations, marketing, social media, and event planning. Last semester I was granted the opportunity to study in Los Angeles, at our program through Ithaca College. I obtained an internship at the Academy of Country Music where I was the social media, public relations and marketing intern for the 51st anniversary show. It was an amazing experience filled with lots of opportunity. After it was over, I came back home to Philadelphia and worked at an advertising agency called R2C Group. At school, I am a Student Manager at Ithaca College’s Library and I am the President of the Club tennis team. After graduation I am planning to work at R2C Group again, or work for an agency in Philadelphia.

This scholarship led me to continue my time at Ithaca College. I am so blessed that this scholarship has saved me taking out a $19,000 private loan. Thank you so much for assisting me with my college education. I am forever grateful for the Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania and Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services Inc.

Deanna
Ithaca College


Dear Kids’ Chance of PA Scholarship Committee:

Picture of ChloeThank you so much for the awesome $3,000.00 Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania scholarship. This scholarship is a big help to me in paying for my 2016-2017 education at Slippery Rock University. I am very thankful and graciously accept this wonderful award! You don’t know how excited and appreciative I am, and how much this scholarship means to me. Please pass along my sincere appreciation to everyone at Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania!

My mom suffered a catastrophic fall at work and sustained substantial injures. She still has pain and some residual damage resulting from the fall. She is not able to do all the things she did before her fall, but she is a wonderful lady and a very good role model for me. I have many blessings (including my mom) and now I can add Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania to my list of blessings. Thank you, THANK you, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

Please know that I am so grateful to Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania for their confidence in me and I promise that I will work very hard and continue to do well in college. Thanks again to Kids’ chance for Pennsylvania.

Thankfully,
Chloe
Slippery Rock University


Dear Kids’ Chance of PA Scholarship Committee:

Picture of JesseI wanted to thank you very much for selecting me as a recipient for the Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year. I am truly honored and humbled and I want to thank everyone at Kids’ Chance for this award. I am very appreciative and want you to know how much this $3,000.00 scholarship will help me in paying for my tuition at Penn State – Beaver Campus.

As you know, college is very expensive and the generosity and kindness shown to be by the wonderful folks at Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania really means a lot to me. Not only in terms of financial assistance, but in the in confidence place in me by awarding me this scholarship. Ever since my dad passed away in 2009, life has been very difficult for my family. Not only financially but emotionally as well. We will always love and miss my dad, and to honor his memory, we try to live our lives in a way that would make him proud. By awarding me this Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania scholarship, I know that my dad I having a big celebration up in heaven! Thank you so much!

After college graduation, I hope to be successful and be able to help other college kids by providing a scholarship to help them as a way of “paying it forward” and thanking all those who have been helpful to me. It is reassuring to know there are so many good and caring people who help others and re so willing to share their blessings.

Thanks again! Please convey my gratefulness to the Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania and let them know that I promise to work hard at Penn State Beaver and make them proud of me.

Respectfully,
Jesse
Penn State – Beaver Campus


Dear Kids’ Chance and PA Self-Insurers Association:

Picture of KyleThank you for the scholarship for school it really helps me. It helps me by allowing me to learn the field that I love and I really want to get a job in. I really like making blueprints or houses and mechanical devices. I am really learning a lot this year. In classes we are leaning how to use Revit which is a 3D architectural software.

How I became eligible for this scholarship is because my dad was a corrections officer that died in the line of duty which left my mom a single parent to three kids. It was really hard on my mom and us after my dad passed away. Emotionally and financially and it still is but we are getting though it as much as we can.

With this scholarship I am now able to pay for school so I can get a job doing what I love just like my dad. Thank you for giving me this scholarship so I can fulfill my dreams of becoming an architect.

Sincerely,
Kyle


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania and PA Self-Insurers Association:

Picture of SuzzannaI would like to greatly thank you for the generous scholarship. I am very pleased to let you know that this will truly help me in furthering my education. I am currently in my fifth year at Penn State Fayette and with my dual major in Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS) as well as Administration of Justice (AOJ). I am also working part time at my job in retail, which I have just come up on my three year anniversary with the company. I will be graduating with my HD FS degree this spring and then graduating with my AOJ undergraduate degrees. I am very excited about this journey I have taken as well as the one I am on! Last semester I finished my internship at the Westmoreland County Prison in May of this year. I learned so much during my internship and now fully know that I want to pursue a career in the prison system which I feel comes full circle since my father worked for the state prison system when he passed away in the line of duty. I am very thankful for the scholarship, to help ease the financial cost of attending college. Thank you so much for all that you do for all that you have done for me!

Yours Truly,
Suzzanna
Penn State Fayette


Picture of KevinWords cannot express the extent this scholarship has impacted my college career. I am now a senior at Washington & Jefferson College, and I have excelled in my desired field of Business Management! I am proud and elated that Kids’ Chance has seen me through all four years. I am grateful for this opportunity to prove myself with the aid of your scholarship. I am going to be able to accomplish my goal of graduating college, with your help. With the passing of my father early in my life, this tragedy has showed me that you have to make the most of everything that life hands you, as our time is limited. With this scholarship from Kids’ Chance, I am able to attend Washington & Jefferson College, and push through toward graduation. And I know that my father would be happy and proud with the dedication that I have put forth to complete my education.

Thank you Kids’ Chance for the opportunity to do so.

Kevin
Washington & Jefferson College


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of NatalieI am writing this letter to thank you for the generous scholarship that I have received during the 2016-2017 academic year from Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania. With the help of this scholarship, I have been able to take my focus off of the costs of attending a university and direct it towards my studies.

Hello, my name is Natalie and I have lived in the Pittsburgh area my whole life so I have absolutely come to adore this city. I feel so blessed to be attending such a highly-respected and integrity based university; Duquesne University. At Duquesne University, I am currently studying International Relations. I feel this is an important subject many people tend to overlook in all situations. International Relations is the core to most concepts: war, trade, and a general understanding of different cultures and nationalities. International Relations also covers different foreign policies that many do not understand nor take the time to understand. My main motivation while studying this major is to understand these policies and how it coincides with war and trade, but to also become more of an open-minded person who enjoys different cultures and its people. When I finish my undergraduate studies of International Relations, I plan to attend law school at a respected university to focus on International Law. Thanks to the Kids’ Chance Scholarship, I am one step closer to reaching and achieving my goals.

Being awarded the Kids’ Chance Scholarship has allowed direct my attention towards studying rather than being concerned about the financial burdens of attending a university. I am very grateful to have been a recipient of this scholarship; it has helped me lower the balance owed to Duquesne University and has overall made it more manageable and less stressful. I appreciate your organization beyond words and I will be forever grateful of how much pressure it has taken off my shoulders during my first year of college.

Sincerely,
Natalie
Duquesne University

Letters from 2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

Picture of BriannaDear Kids' Chance of PA,

Last week I received my third scholarship in the amount of $3000 from you for the 2015/2016 school year. There are no present words in the English language that would satisfy me in thanking you for the amazing opportunities your generosity has offered to me!

In 2001, my father was a burn victim in an industrial explosion where he held the position for General Foreman. He was burned over 80% of his body and endured numerous surgeries and therapies for years after. To this day, he is disabled and still struggles with lifelong pain and difficulty. Though I am unconditionally grateful and blessed that my father is still alive and with us, we have undergone many financial difficulties since the accident. This scholarship is nothing less than a true blessing for me and my college dreams. It will help in so many unsaid ways and gives me great hope and motivation for my future.

Last semester was a big bump in the road for me, regarding medical and emotional hardships, but I am flourishing with my school work this semester and this scholarship is a wonderful reminder that I can keep going and fulfill my dreams! JCC is an incredible campus for me and my personality, and I even joined the student work force there as a JCC Student Ambassador. My first big event is next week, which I'm a little nervous for but more excited than anything.

Attached is a photo of me in front of a JCC map on a brilliantly beautiful, autumn day on campus! I hope it pleases you to know that I am forever grateful, and I am in a very happy place in my life right now.

Thank you a million thank yous. I'll keep in touch!

Sincerely,
Brianna
Jamestown Community College


Picture of BayleeDear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

I want to thoroughly thank everyone involved in this scholarship for the opportunities it has given me. As a freshman this year, at the University of Pennsylvania, I received my first scholarship which made my education possible. In 2013, my father was in a car accident that left him paralyzed and unable to work. This has put a large deal of financial stress on my family and therefore paying for college was put on me. Throughout high school my only worry was getting the grades to get into the only Ivy League nursing program in the nation and it never crossed my mind that even after all of that work financial matters could jeopardize that.

My father’s accident is the reason I became so interested in the nursing field to begin that and the fact that my main driving force to get the best nursing education possible could be the exact reason I could not accept that opportunity tore me in two. I had always dreamed of going into the medical field, but as a doctor, to help people for a living but my father’s accident made me realize that, as many of the other Kids’ Chance winners know, a good nursing staff can make all the difference when a loved one is in the hospital. I just want to thank everyone who made this scholarship possible one more time for allowing me to have the financial stability to focus on school and staying involved in the community.

So far this year I have become involved in a few groups on campus such as Penn PUSH, a group that teaches about and advocates for equal healthcare regardless of background, and group of students who work with “Dance for Diabetes”, it is a program funded by one of the nursing professors grants that gives west Philadelphia members an opportunity to participate in zumba classes once a week while the nursing students record their weight and pulse. I just want to say thank you again for the opportunity to be involved in these things and the opportunity to attend UPenn as a whole. The care package was a very nice touch.

Sincerely,
Baylee
University of Pennsylvania


Picture of CourtneyDear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania Team,

I am writing to thank you for your generous $3000 scholarship. I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as a recipient of your scholarship.

I am currently an undeclared major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. I plan to graduate in 2019. The scholarship you have awarded me with will help me to pay for my education at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and reduce the amount of loans needed to pay for my education.

I became eligible for this scholarship when I lost my father in 2004. I was seven years old at the time when he was struck by a falling tree at work.

I have attached a photo of me standing by the panther statue on campus.

Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous scholarship. Also, thank you for the care package of goodies just for me.

Sincerely,
Courtney
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford


Picture of SkylerDear Kids’ Chance of PA:

Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania has generously supported me throughout my experience at Temple University. My dad, a previous mechanic, was injured and left legally blind as a result of a car accident in his early 20's.Although it was something that I grew up with and was accustomed to, it nonetheless added some difficulties into our lives as a family. Luckily, there are helpful organizations that exist, such as Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania, that assist us financially and relieve us of some of the stress.

I am currently entering my third year at Temple, specifically at Tyler School of Art where I study photography. I started out pursuing photo journalism when I entered college, but I quickly changed my mind when I realized that we were focusing more on the writing aspect and barely any time on the photography, which is my passion. I have been taking photos for as long as I can remember. It is the easiest and most convenient way to translate how I see things to others, and I love to do it. I love going to school, especially art school, because I am interested and inspired by what I am learning. My goal for my experience at Tyler and as a photography student is to take what I am learning about fine arts to the "real world" and make art accessible to the public. I am not interested in staying within the art scene, as it is rather exclusive and hard to understand if one is not a part of it. I want everyone to be able to enjoy photography.

Right now, I am currently studying abroad with Temple in Rome. It has been an amazing experience so far and I am appreciating every minute of it! Being surrounded by such a rich and beautiful history has been extremely rewarding. When I return to Philadelphia for the second half of my school year, I will continue working, going to school, and shooting photo assignments for The Temple News. Italy has given me the chance to relax and focus on school, which I appreciate, but I also value having a busy schedule because it is what inspires me to keep going.

I am extremely grateful to Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania for continuously supporting me throughout my academic experience. Student debt is menacing and overwhelming to think about, but with the help of Kids' Chance, I know that I can be relieved of some of the stress. Thank you, and know that your generosity does not go unnoticed. My family and I are extremely appreciative of your compassion!

Skyler
Temple University


Dear Kids' Chance,

I would like to formally thank you for choosing me as a recipient of the Kid’s Chance scholarship. After my mother was injured on the job my life became a struggle financially. Thanks to your generosity and support for kids like me, I am able to afford to follow my dreams of going to Mercyhurst University for Fashion Merchandising. Your generous donation will grant me the opportunity to attend The Fashion Institute of Technology, one of the top fashion schools in the country in three years in a dual program with Mercyhurst University.

By awarding me the Kid’s Chance Scholarship, you’ve lightened the financial burden that is commonly associated with college. With this weight lifted off my shoulders, I can focus on the most important aspect of school, learning. I will continue to work hard so that in the near future I can help give back to kids in my community, just as you do.

Sincerely,
Jeremiah
Mercyhurst Unversity


Dear Kids’ Chance of PA:

My father, Brian, was helping his masonry crew on May 20th, 1998 in Mercer County, when he suddenly collapsed after carrying heavy buckets of mortar throughout the day. After further investigation, my father’s result of death was due to a heart attack. His heart was larger than normal hearts, which ultimately lead to heart failure (known as Cardiomegaly). The rigorous labor triggered his heart to pump blood at a quicker than normal pace, resulting in heart failure.

The Kids' Chance Scholarship will significantly benefit me due to the up and rising cost of a college education. Considering the fact that I only have a single parent to assist me with the cost of tuition, room/board, books, etc., any amount of money helps my family and myself personally. Without the help of scholarships, like Kid’s Chance, obtaining a college education would not be as quickly acquired. I would have to manage time to work and delay my education due to financial means.

It has always been a childhood dream to attend The Pennsylvania State University. Penn State football drew me into their atmosphere early on, but I currently view Penn State from a different perspective. The education I would receive will ensure my success for the future. The scholarship has enabled me to obtain two internships in my field of mechanical engineering and I am currently interviewing with various companies awaiting offers for next summer. With the generous aid from Kid’s Chance, my dream of making a difference in the world is obtainable. Kid’s Chance has and will continue to strengthen my ability to become a successful individual in the future.

Josh
Penn State University


Picture of KyleDear Kids' Chance of PA,

Thank you for the scholarship grant so that I may attend Triangle Tech. I became eligible due to my father dying in 1999 and because I am being raised by my single mother .It is going to help me pay off my first term of college and half of my second term of college. I am going for computer aided drafting and design (cadd). My future job will be architecture I love to design building blue prints. I am learning architecture and Revit and d inverter this year in college.

Kyle
Triangle Tech


Picture of SuzzannaDear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

I would like to greatly thank you for the generous scholarship. I am very pleased to let you know that this will truly help me in furthering my education. I am currently in my fourth year at Penn State Fayette and I will be starting my internship at the Westmoreland County Prison in January 2016. I am very excited to start this new journey in my education and I am eager to learn all that I can. I am very thankful for the scholarship, to help ease the financial cost of attending college. I also wanted to say thank you for the care package, it was very thoughtful and I enjoyed the nice small gifts. It came at a great time and was very unexpected. Thank you so much for all that you do.

Yours Truly,
Suzzanna
Penn State Fayette


Picture of AlexDear Kids' Chance of Pa,

First, I would like to proudly announce that I have finally graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science and Technology. Words cannot explain how much I would like to thank the whole organization for everything you have done for me. For the past two years, you guys have helped me and supported me through my college career. I honestly can not imagine being able to do it without your support. Your generous donations have alleviated a lot of financial burden, but it also gave me the motivation and drive to do the best I can.

Second, I would also like to announce that I have landed a full-time job as a Software Engineer. Your donations have allowed me to focus more on school and finding a job for after graduation which, I would've spent on working more instead. I strongly believe that I would've not been able accomplish this without your help.

Kids' Chance of PA has made a big difference in my life and my family's life. You guys have made things that seemed out of reach achievable. I cannot wait to give back and participate in Kids' Chance activities when I have everything situated. Since I have been so fortunate to have this organization as my support, I definitely want to make it possible for future students.

Sincerely,
Oleksiy (Alex)
Penn State University


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

I would like to extend the most appreciative and sincere “thank you” to your organization for awarding me with a scholarship grant for the 2014 – 2015 and 2015 – 2016 school year. The $7,500.00 scholarship total has significantly helped my mom and I with funding for my education. In 2012, my mom suffered a work related back injury, which left her jobless. Thankfully, I was fortunate enough to receive such a generous donation that helped my mom and I pay for my education at Penn State University. Without your donation, I would probably not be attending Penn State right now.

With your scholarship, I was able to focus on my schoolwork and finding an internship for my junior year summer. I was fortunate enough to receive two different internship offers and I ended up interning at Michigan State University. It was an amazing experience to go to a rivalry school and see their campus. If I did not complete a scholarship that summer, I would not be graduating on time. Since I was able to focus on my schoolwork, I finished my junior year with a 3.83 GPA and got inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Organizations like Kids’ Chance; help so many students achieve their educational goals. All of your help has given my mother and I so much relief and it has taken a big burden off of our shoulders. Receiving the second scholarship was just as special as the first one. I thank you so much for that and everything that you have done for my mother and I. I do not know where I would be right now without Kids’ Chance.

P.S. Thank you for the thoughtful care package.

Sincerely,
Oleksiy
Penn State University


Dear Kids' Chance of PA,

Picture of ClaraTI am writing to thank you for your contribution to my academic endeavors. I am so grateful for the support and encouragement! As a sophomore Interior Design major at La Roche College, this financial aid has encouraged me to keep working hard and pursuing excellence in the field that I love. Losing my step-father, Tim, in his work accident was very hard on my family and this support is an incredible encouragement not only to me but to my mother. I know that Tim would be so proud to see how far I have come and even more grateful for the assistance this organization has provided me and my family with. Thanks to Kids' Chance, I haven't let worry about financial need get in the way of chasing my dreams, and as a result of this, I was able to make the Dean's List. Also, this year I will be serving as Sophomore Representative of my school's chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and look forward to taking an active part in networking, fundraising, and learning more about the business of interior design in general. I have Kids' Chance to thank for giving me the confidence to take such strides in my education! Thank you!

Sincerely,
Clara
La Roche College


Dear Kids’ Chance of PA and Drs. Agnew/Muzzonigro,

Picture of BriannaI want to thank you for the generous Drs. Agnew/Muzzonigro Scholarship. This scholarship means a great deal to me and is a huge blessing. I don’t know what I would have done without this scholarship. It allows me to pay for my school books and other school expenses. My mother got hurt on the job many years ago when she was attacked by a heroin addict in the Detox Center. As a result, she has had numerous operations and suffers with RSD. My father suffers with balance problems and shaking due to a stroke he suffered during a hip surgery. All of this has put a strain on our family. I have been working very hard to keep my grades up in my last year of undergraduate school. I will graduate from West Chester University this May with a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders. I am currently preparing to apply to graduate school for speech language pathology. I am so excited to continue on to a new chapter in my life. In the future, I want to work as a Speech and Language Pathologist in a hospital. When I was younger, I always told myself, I didn’t care what I did as long as I was helping others in need. Becoming a Speech and Language Pathologist not only fulfills my dream of helping others, it also is a great career. It is amazing how much I have grown as a person and a student over these past few years and Kids’ Chance of PA has played a huge role in helping me attain my goals.

This semester I am involved with the Best Buddies Program at West Chester University. I am a college buddy to a 20 year old girl who has developmental disabilities. I have been her college buddy for two years now and I love it so much. The best buddies program allows people with developmental disables to create friendships with people who are supportive of them and are there to cheer them on. My buddy has become more like a little sister to me than a friend. I am also involved with a program called National Student Speech and Hearing Association. It is a club for college students in the Communicative Disorders program at West Chester University. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support over the years.

Sincerely,
Brianna
West Chester University


Kids’ Chance of PA,

Picture of JennaThank you so much for such an amazing scholarship. This is the fourth year I have had the privilege of being a Kids’ Chance Scholarship recipient and I could not be more thankful. I became eligible for this scholarship after my father passed away in a work related accident in 2005.

Your scholarship gives me the opportunity to spend less hours working and more time focusing on my studies, volunteering in dairy research, and being involved in other agricultural activities such as Sigma Alpha where I just finished my term as co-chair of our philanthropy, Dairy Club, being a teaching assistant for some of the entry level dairy classes, judging small 4-H dairy shows around me, and many other things. I have also been able to make time to travel to different dairy industry events. These events provide the opportunity to meet so many companies and influential people in the dairy world. It is with your help that I have been able to become the successful dairy woman that I am today.

I have attached a photo of myself at Harvest Havoc, the philanthropy that I helped to plan this fall. We spread awareness of agriculture as well as raise money for Feeding America Southwest Virginia. This year we held a Kiss the Calf Competition where a few professors were nominated to be chosen to kiss this beautiful calf in the photo. Students could put money into jars and whichever professor had the most money had to kiss the calf.

Thank you again for all of your support. It is always a pleasure working with you.

Jenna
Virginia Tech


Dear Kid’s Chance and Burns White,

Picture of NicoleThank you for awarding me this scholarship to help me finance my education and degree here at Virginia Tech. This scholarship means very much to me because by providing me with this, you make not only my education more affordable but also that of my sisters. My father passed away in a work accident when I was 9 years old, widowing my mother and leaving her with 3 children between the ages of 7 and 12. This put a large financial burden on her in planning our future, and pursing our education. Any scholarships we receive help us to lighten this expense while allowing my sisters and I to all receive superior education.

Here at Virginia Tech I am a sophomore a double major, studying Dairy Science and Animal and Poultry Science, and as of now my long term goal is to go into large animal nutrition after I graduate. At school I am involved in the Virginia Tech Dairy Club, and was a chair for the facilities committee for the 2015 Dairy Showcase sale that is put on by the Dairy Club. I am also an active member for Sigma Alpha; a professional agricultural sorority that promotes women pursuing careers in agriculture. This fall I was also a member of the Virginia Tech Dairy Judging B (second) Team and competed in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and at the Eastern States Judging Competition in Springfield, Massachusetts. I will be trying out again in the spring to be a part of the Virginia Tech Dairy Judging A (first) Team in the fall of 2016.

I am really enjoying my time here at Virginia Tech and love being involved in the clubs and organizations I am in. As the semesters progress I am also planning on taking higher leadership roles in both Dairy Club and Sigma Alpha. During my freshman year I also made the Dean’s list both fall and spring semester.

Thank you again for this scholarship, it will help me to achieve my goals while I study at Virginia Tech and continue to strive for my goals after.

Sincerely,
Nicole
Virginia Tech


To Whom It May Concern:

Picture of KyleI would like to once again thank Kids’ Chance for the generous scholarship. Without the generosity of Kids’ Chance, I may not have been able to further my education.

I am currently a junior at West Liberty University full time majoring in Social Work. Upon graduation, I hope to continue my education for my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am still employed at St. John’s Home for Children in Wheeling, WV working with young boys that have been abused, neglected or may have behavioral issues. I have found that I truly enjoy working with these children and enjoy helping them cope with their life issues. It is very rewarding to work with them.

My father, Dennis, was killed in an accident while employed at Columbia Gas on February 6, 1996. He died doing a job he loved and was very dedicated to. I hope to follow in his footsteps by being as dedicated to my work as well.

I sincerely thank you for the financial support. I’m very thankful there are organizations like Kids’ Chance out there to help students make their dreams a reality.

Sincerely,
Kyle
West Liberty University


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association,

I am honored for the third year to have been selected as a scholarship recipient from Kids’ Chance and for the first time being selected as a recipient for the PSIA Scholarship. I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg University working to obtain a degree in business administration. Due to my mother being disabled due to a fall that had taken place when she was at work, I rely on organizations such as Kids’ Chance and PSIA to provide scholarships to help defer the amount of loans I take out as well as give me the opportunity to attend college and further my education. The scholarships I have received has allowed me to focus more on my school work which has led to me to achieve academic success and be selected for my universities Deans List. Receiving the scholarship has also given me the chance to do things outside the classroom with my time such as volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and also be involved in various clubs throughout my school. With the continued support of Kids’ Chance and Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association I can continue to stay motivated and excel in both academic and personal growth.

Once again, thank you Kids’ Chance, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association and all the other donors, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers for the scholarship and support you have given me and students all over Pennsylvania whose parents have been seriously or fatally injured the chance to attend post-secondary education.

Sincerely,
John
Bloomsburg University


Dear Mr. Mc Tiernan,

Picture of EricaMy name is Erica and I am a junior at East Stroudsburg University. This is the 2nd year I have been receiving the scholarship grant from Kids' Chance. My father was hurt at work a few years ago and is now on permanent disability. My parents struggle each and every day to afford to give me the chance of a lifetime by attending college and having a successful future Social Worker.

I couldn’t thank Kids' Chance enough for honoring me with this scholarship. I am proud to say I made the Dean’s list last year and am also part of the Star Program and working on campus as a Mentor for new students that struggle with their studies.

I sincerely appreciate the opportunity and gratefully thank Kids' Chance for this scholarship.

Sincerely,
Erica
East Stroudsburg University


Dear Kids’ Chance and The Chartwell Law Offices,

Picture of AllisonMy name is Allison I was blessed enough to be awarded a scholarship from you. I cannot even begin to explain how extremely thankful I am.

I grew up with a life different than most kids my age. My dad is a partial paraplegic and has been that way my entire life. Although he couldn’t throw a baseball with me or do other things that most dads can do, he gives me his whole heart every day. Having a parent with a disability is not a disadvantage for me; I think of it as a blessing. My dad has taught me strength and determination, which are skills I will carry with me for the rest of my life, in and out of the work field.

On the contrary, having a parent with a disability is a disadvantage for the parent. It makes it hard or impossible to work, which leads to financial struggles. My parents have done their best to provide me with a comfortable life filled with many opportunities. When it comes to college, though, it is up to me to figure out how to fund my education. This scholarship is going to help me tremendously by limiting the amount of loans I would need to take out, while still allowing me to enjoy college to the fullest.

So all I can say is, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for giving me the opportunity to learn and not have to worry about how I can afford it financially. You are giving me more than some money; you are giving me opportunity to have an education. As a woman in the 21st century, I treasure the ability to learn something and to treasure the opportunity that was so generously given to me. I can promise you that I will make the most of it.

After spending a year in college and half way through the first semester of my sophomore year, I have learned what is really important. It’s not just about a major and all of the schoolwork. It is about the people. In these four years of my life, I am exposed to so many different, influential people who have such importance. I consider every one of you to have a special importance to me. You are sincerely changing my life, and the lives of many, and for that I am forever grateful.

So once again, thank you for awarding me with such an incredible gift. I promise I will put it to good use. I will most definitely send updates of how my semester is going. Thank you for changing my life in the best way possible. Great day to be a CUA Cardinal!!

With so much thanks,
Allison
Catholic University of America


Dear Members of Kids’ Chance:

Picture of AustinI am very thankful to learn that you have graciously awarded me another scholarship for this academic year. Your willingness to give not just to myself, but also to students all across the state of Pennsylvania is inspiring and deserves much attention. I cannot express how much your scholarships make a difference. Every bit of aid really is helpful. I am also extremely thankful for the care package that your staff has put together. I will definitely use all of these items at one point or another. The addition of multiple flash drives is incredible. I have never had my own flash drive for classes, but now I have three that I will make sure to use. There is not a single item in my care package that I will not use; I have certainly already made use of the snacks that were provided.

In 2012, my freshman year, my mother was injured in a car accident while she was on the job. She had significant cervical injuries and unfortunately was not able to return to work for at least 6 months; even then she was still very limited with what she could do. She has been strong through her recovery and I look up to her every day. When I look back at my time at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, I will always think about the care that Kids’ Chance took to ensure a better life for myself and other students in need. On campus, I am a member of an all male service society called the Friars’ Society and your willingness to be cordial and altruistic are also values that we hold to ensure that we positively affect the lives of others. I believe that Kids’ Chance has many “Friarly” characteristics. This may not mean much since you are unfamiliar with the group, but this is a great honor and is one to hold close to your hearts. You ensured that my life had less stress as well as my parents’ lives. If they could write a thank you letter to Kids’ Chance as well, I am sure that they would.

Please continue to do great work for students across the state of Pennsylvania because your actions do not go unnoticed. You have meaning and you provide something special to each one of the students that you provide a scholarship for. Thank you once again for all that you have done for me. I look forward to hearing from you in the future and of all the great work that you will do.

Sincerely,
Austin
West Chester University


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Picture of TamraI am honored to be a recipient of the Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania Premier Comp Solutions Scholarship this 2015-2016 academic school year. My father’s work accident involving a fall through a two story building has had a tremendous impact on my life. I can honestly say he is my driving force to want to succeed and reach my dreams. I am very dedicated to my education and value new opportunities. I have a passion for the fast pace of the health care field. During my time at IUP, I have challenged myself to become an active student on and off campus. I am passionate about being involved in my community and having the chance to give back. This monetary scholarship enables me to reach my dream of becoming a registered dietitian.

Thank you so very much.

Tamra
Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pa,

Picture of MadisonMy name is Madison and I wanted to take the time to thank all of you involved in this wonderful organization. The Kids’ Chance Scholarship has provided me with more opportunities that I could have ever imagined. I made the move to Florida about three months ago to start Pharmacy School at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. At first I didn’t know if I was even going to be able to make the move, but I just barely made it by. Being a Kids’ Chance recipient allows me to perform better as a student as well as live better and more comfortably as a person. I have been able to become involved in organizations in Pharmacy school as well. I am a member of the American Pharmacy Association (APhA) as well as volunteering with other health fairs. I recently volunteered with APhA at a Diabetes walk to raise awareness of Diabetes and how to live more comfortably as a diabetic. Without this scholarship I wouldn’t be able to do events like this or afford to pay dues for the clubs I am involved in. I also wanted to take the time to inform you I received the care package. I was so excited because I have never received a care package before. The snacks and supplies are highly appreciated. I am beyond thankful for this opportunity to be a Kids’ Chance recipient. I don’t know where I would be without it. Thank you again to everyone involved.

Sincerely,
Madison
LECOM


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania, Inc.,

Picture of ShayanaI am so grateful, honored and thrilled to be chosen as a recipient of this scholarship for a second time. My mom was a postal worker for twenty-six years and she loved her job and her customers so much, but she got hurt on the job and never fully recovered, so she unfortunately wasn’t able to do that job anymore. Because her body can’t handle too much, it’s been hard for her to find another job that she can actually perform. Therefore, with the income that she does have, it’s a struggle for her to contribute to my college education, and I still have that pressure to earn as much financial assistance as I can. Thank you so much for once again reducing my financial burden to attend college. So far at Neumann, I was a part of the track team for a while, I’m a member of the Christina Brame Gospel Choir, I’ve participated in numerous campus ministry and volunteer activities, and I am in the honors program. Without the scholarship you awarded me, none of this would have been possible so thank you again so so much for your help!

Sincerely,
Shayana
Neumann University


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of SavannahI would like to extend my sincere thanks for your generous gifts that have helped to pay for my education at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown this year and last. I would also like to thank you for connecting me to the PATH grant, which provided me with additional funding.

When my dad was killed in a freak accident at his worksite back in 2011, it placed a great financial strain on my family. My dad wanted to help his kids to pay for college and see us succeed, but unfortunately, he was not even able to see us graduate high school. Aside from the grief of losing our father, we were now faced with the reality that we may have to be restricted in choosing a school because we could not afford to go to a nicer or more expensive school.

When I finally decided to come visit UPJ (despite it being more expensive than other potential schools), I absolutely loved it and committed to come here that same day. I realized it would cost a bit more, but I knew it would be the best option for me, even if I ended up having to take out additional loans. This scholarship was honestly the answer to my prayers. After seeing my bill, I was so worried that I would not be able to afford my university since I was unable to get private loans because of my lack of credit.

Now I am honored to say that I am finishing up my sophomore year studying Sociology with a minor in Spanish. I am even planning to study abroad in the fall! None of this would have been possible without your generous support. Thank you so much for providing me and many other students with the opportunity to go to our university of choice without the huge financial burden that would otherwise come along with that.

Sincerely,
Savannah
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown


Dear Kids’ Chance,

I would like to thank Kids' Chance of PA once again for their generous scholarship. My father has been unable to work for most of my lifetime and without this scholarship attending college would be a financial struggle.

This semester has been a semester full of opportunities that I am so thankful for. After working hard to get ahead, I will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and German this coming December. I am excited to have made the decision to pursue graduate studies next fall and am currently working hard on my applications. With the few months off between finishing my undergraduate studies and beginning my graduate studies, I recently accepted employment with a residential treatment facility for children and adolescents with mental illness and traumatic experiences. I am so excited to begin this new chapter of my life, but it would not have been possible without the help and generosity from Kids' Chance!

Lauren
Washington & Jefferson College


Dear Kids' Chance of PA,

Picture of BryanaHello! Thank you so much for all of your support through my second year at Summit University, now Clarks Summit University. This has been a crazy year, but it was also beneficial. My grades are still very good, with an overall GPA of 3.652. I recently became a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi. This is an honor society for a select group of students on campus that recognizes students’ academic achievements and leadership potential.

I am still an Elementary Education major, and I am now minoring in teaching English as a second language. I am looking forward to these ESL classes because they go along with my future career in Poland. I am still planning on going to Poland to be a missionary and a teacher. My current plan is to teach English to children until I am fluent in Polish, then I will transition into an elementary school classroom. Polish is a difficult language to learn, so I am unsure that I will master the language before I graduate; however, I will continue learning all that I can for the time being. With all of the influences and resources that have been placed in my life, I believe that God is leading me to Krakow.

My family and I are gardening again this year, so we are hoping that it will be successful. We grew many tomatoes and peppers this year, with the intention of giving them away and being a blessing to those in our community. Besides working in the garden, I have also been preparing to preform in a play at the end of July. I will be playing multiple roles in Underage Theatre’s production of Twain by the Tale.

In conclusion, I have been very blessed, and I have prospered greatly in everything that I have been involved with. Please continue to pray for me as I pursue the next part of my journey.

Thank you all for making this semester happen, and thank you for reading this!

Sincerely,
Bryana
Summit University of Pennsylvania


Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of ErinThank you so much for awarding me a scholarship. This incredible generosity is a huge help to my family and I in paying my college tuition. I am eligible for a Kid’s Chance Scholarship because my father fell off of a roof and broke his back while he was a construction worker. Due to his injury, my father was never able to return to work again. While I have never wanted for anything in my life, my father’s injury does take a toll on my family monetarily and this scholarship helps relieve some of that pressure when paying for my education. Through this scholarship, I will be able to complete my education and my dream of being a teacher with minimal debt which is something not many of my fellow college students can say.

I am a junior, Secondary English Education major at Duquesne University. I have been on the Dean’s List every semester thus far. In addition to my classes, I am involved in Campus Ministry, the Orientation program for freshmen, theatrical productions on campus, and Best Buddies. Next semester, I will also be serving as secretary for Kappa Delta Epsilon, the professional education fraternity at Duquesne University.

Thank you again to Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania for assisting me in completing my college education. My parents and I are eternally grateful.

Erin
Duquesne University


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

I would like to express my appreciation in being awarded a scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. I am so honored to have been selected for this scholarship and to know that the Kids’ Chance organization is willing to continue to invest in me and my future. Each year, it becomes harder to finance a college education as tuition is steadily on the rise. However, I am grateful for this scholarship as it will greatly help to alleviate some of my college expenses. I am so thankful for the Kids’ Chance organization and all it does to assist students like me in helping them to achieve their academic goals. I hope that in the future I will be able to help other students to finance their college education as I know a lot of young people aspire to attend college, but do not have the financial resources to do so.

Thanks so much Kids’Chance!

Sincerely,
Justis
Franklin & Marshall College

Letters from 2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients

Picture of BriannaHi! My name is Brianna and I have been awarded a Kids' Chance scholarship! Thank you so much, in regards to this award! It will greatly help me in completing my schooling quickly and getting me closer to my ultimate goal!I was eligible for this scholarship because of my father, who was a burn survivor of an industrial explosion. I explained before his heroic acts and tale or survival through my essay. His heroism and courage and I, lucky to have such a wonderful man as my father has given me this amazing opportunity. I am so excited to prove my persistence and determination through my school work and I thank you again for giving me this opportunity! Enclosed is a photo of myself in front of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's entrance sign and I will send updates of my grades as they come out at the end of the semester!

Thank you so much again!

Sincerely,
Brianna
University of Pittsburgh


Applying for scholarships can be intimidating. There may be too many requirements, too many applicants, or just not enough time before the deadline. However, I felt that the Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania scholarship was just right. My dad was injured in a work accident in his early '20's, leaving him legally blind for life. My life, as many other applicants of the Kids' Chance scholarship, was forever changed in an unmistakably permanent way. This factor, nevertheless, helped me become more appreciative and observant than I think I would be if my dad had never been in this accident. While I am not grateful that he is legally blind for life, I am grateful that the Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania scholarship helped me find a way to translate this quality of my life into something usefully memorable. This scholarship will help me as I continue through my studies at Temple University. I am incredibly appreciative of the Kids' Chance scholarship for assisting me with my education. One of the things that I love about Temple is that there are tons of opportunities and activities to get involved in. Currently, I am taking photos every week forThe Temple News, the student-run newspaper, and I also work on campus at Saxbys Coffee. Overall, I am always busy and occupied with something to do, which is the lifestyle that I prefer. I hope that as my college years continue, so will my involvement with the university. Thanks to the Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania scholarship, I have confidence that it will be a memorable and rewarding experience.

Skyler
Temple University


Picture of SamDear Kids’ Chance of PA and the ACE Charitable Foundation:

First of all, I would like to thank you so much for the money that you have graciously given me over the last few years. It has meant a lot to me and has been a major help in funding my college career.

I truly believe what your organization does is wonderful, and I could not thank you enough for all that you have done for me. I hope I can support your organization in the future when I get established in my career.

Sincerely,
Sam
Penn State University


Picture of ColtonDear Kid’s Chance,

My name is Colton. I am in my senior year at the University of Pittsburgh – Bradford studying Computer Information Systems and Technology. I wanted to thank you for your financial assistance with my schooling again this year. I became eligible for Kid’s Chance when my father passed away in a work related truck accident in 2010.

This is the second time you have helped me with my schooling and I appreciate it so much. Because of your financial assistance I am able to worry less about the cost of books and other school necessities which really start to add up on top of the high price of education. Thank you so much for all you’ve done to help me.

Colton
University of Pittsburgh Bradford


Picture of JoshuaDear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

It is my honor to accept the generous scholarship you have offered me. I became eligible to receive this scholarship after my father passed away due to a sudden heart failure while working on site. Organizations, such as yourself, help aid fortunate students to ultimately succeed in the future by providing an opportunity for a collegiate education. This scholarship assists my single mother in paying for my tuition at Penn State, and will decrease the amount of student loans I will have to pay off after graduation. Without organizations like Kids’ Chance, many families would struggle to send their son or daughter to college. I cannot thank you enough for your generous gift.

Best Regards,
Joshua
Penn State University


Picture of BriannaDear Don McCarter,

I just wanted to tell you how excited I was when I found out I received a Kids’ Chance Scholarship. I have been working to pay for food and gas, and the scholarship has become a huge Blessing to me and my family. My mom got hurt on the job many years ago and my dad had numerous stokes during a recent surgery which has put a strain on our family. I have been very busy keeping up my grades and working. I have been involved with a Thanksgiving Ministry for many years that delivers and feeds over 1000 meals on Thanksgiving day. I am getting into the Thanksgiving mode and getting ready to help with this ministry that helps the needy, sick, homeless, and elderly all over Delaware County. Thanks again for your support as I work towards a Degree in Communicative Disorders.

God Bless,
Brianna
West Chester University


Picture of ZachDear Kids' Chance,

My name is Zach, and I am a Biochemistry Major with a Nanotechnology minor at Lock Haven University. I’d like to sincerely thank you for the scholarships you have so graciously granted me for my past two years in college. The money has greatly helped me to afford educational expenses that I would otherwise have struggled to afford due to the situation my family has been in. My dad has severe back problems due to an injury, and my mom was twice diagnosed with breast cancer, and had to undergo surgery. For this reason it has been difficult for them to provide me with the money they had hoped to for college. Fortunately, the struggles my dad have endured has made me eligible for the Kids' Chance scholarship, making an unfortunate situation much better. By helping me to pay for my education, you have lifted quite a burden from me and my family. I am extremely grateful that you have enabled me to work towards my dream career and continue to succeed in my college career. I plan to continue the hard work and maintain good grades so that I may ultimately pursue a career in the sciences and do my part to pay it forward and hopefully better the world around me.

Sincerely,
Zach
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania


Picture of JennaKids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

I wanted to thank you again for everything you have done for so many students from Pennsylvania, including myself. Dealing with family injuries or death is an extremely emotional and difficult time in a person’s life; however I love that this program encourages students to find a new positive within them that came about after or while dealing with the situation.

I have been so much more confident and even more willing to try new things after writing my essay for this scholarship last year (2013-2014 school year) because it helped me to realize many positives and strengths within myself. Before I was asked to write this essay, I was unaware of just how much I have grown as a person. Although people constantly complimented my maturing attitude and outlook, I never actually saw the change. Writing forced me to look back on who I was and who I had become and I do not think I could be happier with the outcome. I have developed into an independent, determined, yet respectful young lady, and now that I too see that, I feel I may have grown as a person more. It also helped me to recognize the bad and I have since been able to work on some of those flaws. During my sophomore I have been blessed with the opportunity to take on a few leadership positions in the groups I am involved with at school. I love being able to take these lessons that I have learned and use them to help instruct, teach, and lead others to find leadership and confidence within themselves. As the school year progresses I cannot wait to continue to take on more roles and make a difference in the world around me.

This scholarship has helped me to attend the school of my dreams and even helped me to analyze myself and realize how amazing each individual is: including me. I will never be able to thank you enough for everything you have done for me.

Thank you again and best of luck with this year’s applications.

Jenna
Virginia Tech Undergraduate


Picture of CarissaDear ACE Charitable Foundation,

I am writing to thank you for the generous $5000 Kid’s Chance Scholarship. I was extremely happy and grateful to hear I had been selected to receive this scholarship.

I became eligible to earn this scholarship through the death of my father when I was very young. The company, for which he worked, Metzler’s Home Builders Construction, threw a celebration on a fall day in 1994, in which they all went on a golfing outing. During the outing, my father was struck by lightning from a surprise storm and did not survive the strike. This left my two brothers and I without a father; I was not yet two.

My mom always encouraged me to pursue my dreams, and with my college major choice, I am doing just that. I am studying Spanish and biology with a pre-medicine focus. The Kid’s Chance Scholarship helps to make some of my dreams possible. I fulfilled my goal to study abroad and perfect my Spanish this fall by spending five months in Ecuador. As I hope to go to medical school in the future, the Kid’s Chance Scholarship helps lessen the burden of undergraduate loans. I love learning and am so thankful for the opportunities to continue to do so.

By awarding me the Kid’s Chance Scholarship, you have lessened the financial burden of this school year. Thank you so much for your generosity. It inspires me to continually find ways to help others from what I have been blessed with.

Sincerely,
Carissa
Eastern Mennonite University


To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to thank Kids' Chance for the generous scholarship. Without the generosity of Kids' Chance, I may not have been able to further my education.

I currently am attending West Virginia Northern Community College full time studying social work/pre psychology. Upon graduation I will then transfer to West Liberty University to study psychology. I am also now employed at St. John's Home for Children in Wheeling, WV working with young boys that have been abused, neglected or may have behavioral issues. I have found that I truly enjoy working with these children and enjoy helping them to cope with their life issues. It is very rewarding working with them.

My father, Dennis, was killed in an accident while employed by Columbia Gas on February 6, 1996. He died doing a job he loved and was very dedicated to. I hope to follow in his footsteps by being as dedicated to my work as well.

I sincerely thank you for the financial support. I'm very thankful there are organizations like Kids' Chance out there to help students pursue their dreams.

Sincerely,
Kyle
West Virginia Northern Community College


Dear Kids' Chance,

I am very grateful for yet again receiving your scholarship. Since the terrible hit and run accident that my father was involved in during March of 2000, coming up with the money to continue my education has been stressful. Thanks to your organization and generous scholarships, you have given me the chance to still attend the University of Scranton for my third year as an early and primary education major. Now as a junior, I am currently taking 18 credits and still managing to play on an intramural volleyball team and volunteer every Friday at the local Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. Without your scholarship, another year at the University would not have been possible, nor would I have gotten the chance to involve myself in these extracurricular activities. So, once again thank you for all the great opportunities you have made possible for me.

Thank You!

Billie Jo
University of Scranton


Picture of JohnIn late 2010, my mom fell while going up a flight of stairs at her job. After many surgeries, she still finds herself dealing with issues relating to the fall and unable to work. This loss of income put a huge burden on my three little sisters, my brother and I as well as pain and stress to my mother.

With tuition going up every year, working over 20 hours a week and maintaining a good GPA, college has not been the easiest. But with the Kids’ Chance scholarship it will allow me to be able to work fewer hours at my part-time job and focus more on my academics and my degree in finance. The money will go toward numerous items such as books, room and board, a meal plan, and also allow me to take summer classes and even reach my goal faster and with working fewer hours I can put more time into the two clubs I am a member of (German and Weightlifting).

Thank you to everyone at Kids' Chance of PA. I cannot even begin to elaborate my gratitude I feel because of the generosity of your organization. Once again, thank you from my family and I for significantly helping me to achieve my academic goals. It is organizations like yours that make all things possible. I can’t wait to see what the future brings.

Sincerely,
John
Bloomsburg University


Picture of ErinDear Kids' Chance Board of Members and Scholarship Sponsors,

I wanted to express my sincerest gratitude and thanks to each and everyone of you involved with Kids' Chance. Because of your kindness and generosity, I am able to pay for my education at Kent State University. If it were not for caring individuals like you, college would not be possible. This scholarship has opened up so many opportunities for my future, and I am eager to see where my education takes me. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. What you do here at Kid’s Chance is truly amazing.

Thanks to you at Kids' Chance, I learned that blessings can come from negatives in our lives. Although my father was injured and was unable to work, I am receiving an extremely generous scholarship to further my education. I thought college was not in the picture for my sister and I, but you made a dream happen. Not only have you helped myself, but you have generously given my two older sisters scholarships as well. You not only helped my family financially, you gave us hope. Hope for a better and brighter future, and for that I thank you.

Thank you for helping kids like us in need!

Erin
Kent State University


Picture of HannaDear Kids’ Chance Generous Scholarship Sponsors,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to receive a college education, without your generous assistance my goal of becoming a Physician Assistant might not have become a reality. I am so fortunate to have the chance to receive a Master’s of Physician Assistant education at Saint Francis University because it has always been a dream of mine to study medicine. I hopefully one day will be a pediatric Physician Assistant and I too will be able to help children. It will be in a different way than the help Kids’ Chance offers but the outcome is similar.

You, Kids’ Chance Scholarship Sponsors, have turned my father’s work injury, which caused hardships on my family, into a chance for my sisters and me to attend college. I am already entering my junior year at Saint Francis University and am thankful every day for the gift I was given of a college education. Please continue helping kids, like myself, in achieving their goal of earning a college degree. Thank you for opening my world to countless possibilities and for giving me the hope for a brighter future.

Once more, thank you very much.

Hanna
Saint Francis University


Picture of JessicaDear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania and ACE Charitable Foundation,

I am so very honored and extremely appreciative of being chosen to receive the ACE Charitable Foundation grant for the 2013-2014 school year.

This grant will be an enormous help and relief with my college financial expenses. As my college education progresses so does my financial obligations. As a dual major in Early Grades and Special Education I am required to go into the schools and observe students of different grade levels. This requires me to travel to different schools in the county and sometimes the schools are not close to the university. Since I am getting closer to graduation my professors are getting us ready for our own classrooms, so this requires us to buy a lot of our own books to build our classroom libraries and supplies to do hands-on activities with our future students.

My father suffered a traumatic brain injury 6 1/2 years ago, while at work, which has left him incapacitated and living in a nursing home. It has been very difficult and emotional for us, but as a family we have managed. My dad was the main financial provider and so the loss of his work income has greatly impacted my family. This is especially so when it comes to our college education because that was my father’s main goal in life…to get his 2 daughters through college. My sister graduated from Temple 2 years ago. I will be expecting to graduate in the Spring of 2015.

The ACE Charitable Foundation grant is allowing me to focus on my studies and experience college life feeling less burdened about my college finances.

This is my third year at West Chester University. I am involved with the club Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). We do many activities with children who have special needs. I’ve participated in the many game nights that we hold, blanket making and a Buddy Walk held in early November. I am also involved with Habitat for Humanity. In this club we do many different things to help the community such as cleaning the streets of West Chester, and building homes for families in need. I hope as time continues I will have more opportunities to get more involved with West Chester University as well as the community.

My family and I send our greatest appreciation.

Sincerely,
Jessica
West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Picture of EricaDear Don Mc Carter,

I would like to graciously thank you for awarding me the Kids' Chance Scholarship. The tremendous cost of college is a huge tackle to overcome. This will afford me the chance to continue my education to become a teacher like I always wanted to be.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I truly appreciate it.

Erica


Picture of GuyDear Kids' Chance,

I would like to deeply thank you for another year of your generosity and financial support. I became eligible for this scholarship when my father was injured at work, fired for over a year because of his injury and finally re-hired in a demoted position after the court case was settled. Without Kids' Chance, I would not have a way of paying for college. Kids' Chance has not only given me a lot of help but also recommended me to other scholarship that have also given me a lot of help, and this is just another reason to thank these wonderful folk. Kids' Chance is important to me because it ensures that I am able to focus on my school work and not be distracted by over-working myself to pay it or stressing myself out with the horrifying financial situation that I would have if it were not for Kids' Chance. I do work a job a few days a week, but I know I would be working a lot more hours if it were not for the help that I have been given. I working toward a bachelor of arts in psychology degree at Penn State Altoona and eventually hope to earn a doctorate in psychology. Without Kids' Chance, I would not be on my way to achieving this dream.

Thank you again for all of your support.

Guy
Penn State Altoona


Dear Kids' Chance of PA,

I would like to thank you for picking me to receive this amazing scholarship again for the second year in a row. Receiving this helps me to be one step closer to becoming an elementary school teacher, which is my dream. With this opportunity I will be able to focus more on my school work and worry less about where I will be getting money to pay for school.

Once again thank you so much for such a great scholarship.

Alyssa
Alvernia University


Picture of TamraDear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

The scholarship awarded to me for the amount of $2500 for the 2013-2014 academic year will greatly benefit me financially. With this money, I will be able to pay off part of my tuition at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I am studying Dietetics. My future goal is to become a Registered Dietitian. While keeping up with my scholarly duties and maintaining a grade point average above 3.5 I have also become involved at IUP in extra-curricular ways. I am now a member of the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) on campus. We hold bake sales and raise money for local food banks. We also have social events that allow us to form relationships with our faculty. I am also a volunteer at the Indiana Four Footed Friends animal shelter. I walk dogs during the time that I am there. The Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania scholarship has provided me with the opportunity to further my education. I became eligible for this scholarship because of the work related accident my father, Mark Recce, endured at the Agway plant in Kittanning, Pennsylvania in September of 1994. My father, an electrician for Fuel Graph Electric at the time, was on the roof of a building that was not properly inspected for safety hazards. He fell thirty feet onto cement flooring. He broke his back, wrist, the front of his knee, and crushed his foot. He underwent twelve hours of surgery and was eventually able to walk again. Not only was his ability to work in the electrical field taken away from him, but also his ability to live a pain free and comfortable life. I have attached a recent photo of me to this e-mail.

Thank You.

Tamra
Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Picture of LuisDear Kids' Chance,

I would like to truly thank you for awarding me this generous scholarship. Receiving this scholarship has helped relieve some of my families stress and has helped reduce the financial burden of college.

I became eligible for this scholarship when my father was injured at work, resulting in 2 shoulder surgeries and a neck surgery to repair the damage. He will have permanent physical limitations and will not be able to return to any type of physical labor.

I am currently a freshmen working towards a bachelor's degree in Web Design & Interactive Media.

Luis
Pennsylvania College of Technology


Picture of JessicaDear Kids' Chance

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for being selected to receive a scholarship. This scholarship makes a huge difference in how I am paying for my education. I have put the award money towards paying for class trips to Florida and the Grand Canyon.

My classes have increased in difficulty, but I am loving the challenge. My classes are hands on and revolve around fieldwork and field trips. While most of my classes are environmental science or wildlife based, I try to make time for courses in other areas of study. I have also become even more involved in campus life and school spirit. I was recruited to the Juniata College Cheerleading team. I have never been apart of a team before, let alone cheered, but I seem to have found something I am actually very good at! I helped cheer our football team through our first winning season since the 90’s and to playing in our first bowl game in 40 years. Our team also prides our selves as being ambassadors of our school, so we also cheer at non-sporting events, and participating in other school events as a team. I’m still highly involved in the campus radio station, keeping it running smoothly and even hosting my own time slot on Sunday nights where my friend and I play classic rock. Thank you again for the generosity of Kids' Chance.

Jessica
Juniata College


Picture of MadisonHello Kids' Chance and Eastern Alliance Insurance Group,

My name is Madison and I wanted to take the time to thank everyone involved on rewarding me with this scholarship. This means so much to me because of the financial situation in my family at this time. My father’s truck-driving injury put a major strain on our family’s finance. Then, it was even worse after he passed away in 2010. My mother recently became unemployed and is no longer receiving the unemployment benefits. She is in search of a job so there is no income in my household at this time. I can’t even begin to explain how much this scholarship will help me financially. It will aid in paying off the rest of my tuition, expenses for books, and the club I am taking part in known as Habitat for Humanity. The organization is helping me pursue my academic achievements as well because I am a pre-pharmacy student. I will be taking the PCAT two times this year and without this scholarship I don’t know how I would be paying for it. Thanks again for everything you have done for me and for all of the other students who are in financial need as well.

Sincerely,
Madison
University of Pittsburgh


Picture of JonathanI would like to thank Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania and Hoover Rehabilitation Services for the $5000 scholarship that was graciously provided to me. This scholarship allows me, in addition to the previous scholarships that Kids' Chance has provided, has enabled me to attend the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and be able to focus on my education, and not on where the money will come from to fund my schooling. Because of this, I will have been able to graduate in three years from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English.

My dad suffered a career ending injury at the Bellfield Boiler Plant in 2007 when a train pinned him again the rail, causing him to break his hip and suffer a concussion, and making him unable to return to work to this day. With this, it put the ability to fund both my sister and my college education into question, and adding a distraction away from school work.

However, with the help of Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania and Hoover Rehabilitation Services, I have been able to focus on my schoolwork, and graduate a year early, and for that I am very grateful.

Jonathan
University at Buffalo, SUNY


Picture of JobinDear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

Hello my name is Jobin. I am the recipient of one of your scholarships. I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this great honor that I have received from Kids' Chance. Once again this motivates to do my very best because it reminds me that I have people who are putting their trust in me to do my very best. No matter how difficult the classes may be I know that my journey is supported and that an organization like Kids' Chance has 100% complete trust in me. As I continue to take higher-level courses, I start to realize how much hard work and dedication is a necessity. The money that I am receiving is a blessing and I will not take it for granted. The importance of this scholarship helps me financially and also emotionally because know I feel I have a purpose to help others when they need help just like how Kids' Chance is helping me to achieve my dreams.

So I like to thank you once again for this great honor.

Sincerely,
Jobin
Shepherd University


Picture of JacobDear Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania and Burns White,

It is with all of my sincere appreciation that I would like to give a thank you to anyone and everyone involved in providing me with the Burns White LLC Scholarship through Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania. The continuing of my education is something that I strive for each and every day of my life; this scholarship has been a monumental help and motivation in my journey through college. I cannot begin to express how thankful I am to be chosen to receive such a grant and how much of an impact it has made in cutting away some of the stress that comes with paying for school.

I first heard about Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania the summer before my freshman year of college in 2011. I became eligible for a scholarship through Kid’s Chance from a work related accident with my father a number of years ago. My dad has worked in construction and roofing his entire life. One day while on a roof, he stepped on a loose shingle and slid off the edge of the building. He fell approximately one full story onto the ground, landing on his backside. This accident caused a number of cartilage disks between his vertebrae to be compressed. From that point on, he experienced much pain and difficulty moving around and doing everyday activities. Not able to do the same type of work that he knew for the majority of his life, he had to go on disability.

Kid’s Chance stepped in and helped me achieve my academic goals when my dad was at a point where he was unable to provide. I thank Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania more than anything for their continued support and encouragement in my time of need. They not only helped provide funding for my school, but they also have given me a drive and accountability to succeed in everything that I do. I am involved in a work study program where I am in the process of training to step in to a managerial position at the Liberty University LaHaye Student Union. Along with classes, I am also doing psychological research alongside one of my professors. College thus far has been an absolutely amazing experience, and I thank Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania and for their support and encouragement every step of the way.

Thank you again Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania and Burns White for your help for my academic journey.

Sincerely,
Jacob
Liberty University


Picture of CharletteDear Kids’ Chance,

I can’t thank you enough for your generosity. I am very grateful for the scholarship you awarded to me. It will be a tremendous help with all of my college expenses.

I became eligible for this scholarship after my father’s accident at work. I was a freshman in high school, and one night, like most nights, he was called out to work. While he was at work, he was burned in a fire after an explosion. He was so severely injured that he could not continue to work, and school finances became a huge worry for my family, especially knowing that my dad would have numerous amounts of surgeries for the next couple of years. Thanks to the Kids’ Chance scholarship, some of that financial burden has been lifted, and it has made my ability to afford college stressful. I am now happily attending the University of Scranton as an Exercise Science major, where I hope to finish graduate school as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Thanks to Kids’ Chance, this wonderful opportunity has been made easier. Thank you for taking the time to review my application and award me with the generous scholarship!

Sincerely,
Charlette
University of Scranton


Picture of ErinTo Whom It May Concern,

I wanted to send a brief note of thanks to those at Kid’s Chance for the scholarship I received. It is such an honor and I appreciate it greatly. This scholarship will allow my parents to breathe a little easier which is amazing. Any amount of scholarship money is wonderful to receive and we are so very appreciative of it.

My mother first found the scholarship and realized that it was perfect for me. My father has been unable to work since he fell off of a roof at a construction site almost twenty years ago. While many families might view this as a hardship, my family has always chosen to view it as a positive. My father was always home with me when I was little and I never had to attend day care as some of my friends did. I will forever be grateful for the time I was able to spend with my dad when I was young.

I attend Duquesne University in Pittsburgh which is a private school. It is an amazing school but it also comes with a hefty price tag. I was fully aware of this when I decided to come here and my parents were always very realistic with me about what they could afford to pay. With this scholarship, I will be able to relieve my parents of a small amount of the financial burden which I am so grateful for. This university is a wonderful place in which I can receive excellent instruction about the field of education. This scholarship is making my dreams of becoming a teacher possible. Without this money, I may not have been able to attend Duquesne University.

Thank you again for this scholarship. It means more to my family and I then you will ever realize. Without Kid’s Chance, I may not have been able to have the opportunities I have through attending Duquesne.

Erin
Duquesne


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania and ACE Charitable Foundation,

I would like to personally express how appreciative I am for this scholarship. Education has always been important to me because I know that knowledge gives one access to numerous other opportunities. With the rising cost of living and college tuition, it is often difficult to finance a college education. However, this scholarship will help me tremendously with my college expenses. Without a doubt, this scholarship will allow me to be one step closer to achieving my goals. I hope that one day I will be able to help others finance their college education because a lot of young people aspire to attend college, but realistically do not have the resources to do so.

Thanks so much Kids' Chance and ACE Charitable Foundation!

Sincerely,
Justis
Franklin & Marshall College

Letters from 2012-2013 Scholarship Recipients

Dear Kids’ Chance of PA:

Picture of SamTruly, I cannot thank you enough for the generous scholarship donations you have given to me over the past couple of years. The money that I have received from Kids’ Chance has helped ease the financial burden of college. As each year passes, schooling is becoming increasingly expensive, and this money has been beneficial in helping me pay for books and college fees. This organization is so passionate for reaching out to kids in need, and I will be eternally grateful for your sincere compassion. It feels good to have someone in your life that truly cares. Thank you so much!

Sincerely,
Sam


Dear Kids' Chance and Eastern Alliance Insurance Group,

I would like to express how grateful my family and I are for this scholarship and how much of a difference it has made in my college career. I came to be eligible for it because my father was hurt at work 27 years ago and has been unable to work ever since. He did not know how he was going to be able to afford to send me to school, until I came across Kids' Chance. It pays for the portion of my schooling that I otherwise would not be able to afford.

I greatly appreciate this scholarship and all of the people that made it happen. I can focus on my school work and continue on my path to becoming a pharmacist at the University of Pittsburgh. I am doing great, and I currently have a 3.86 GPA. Without this scholarship, that would not have happened.

Thank you, again. You all have truly touched my life and have allowed me to follow my dreams and succeed!

Karley
University of Pittsburgh


Kids' Chance,

Picture of ChelseaThank you so much for the scholarship you have given to me. I became eligible for the scholarship due to my mother’s death on December 5, 2011. My mother, Cathleen Geisinger, was a flagger for Wexcon Inc. and was working in Lancaster that day. After the job, she went behind a truck to put equipment away and the truck backed up and struck her. Her loss has had a big impact on my family and it made the burden of college fees harder.

The scholarship money has helped lessen the burden of college tuition on my family. I am attending Penn State Berks and will soon be heading up to Penn State Main Campus. I am majoring in Animal Science: Business and Management and this scholarship has greatly helped me in my pursuit to reach my degree. Thank you so much for your kindness and help, it will always be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely and with thanks,
Chelsea
Penn State Berks Campus


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of SuzzannaI would like to greatly thank you for the generous scholarship. I am very pleased to let you know that this will truly help me in furthering my education.

I did not know about this scholarship until my senior year, but I became eligible when my father passed away when I was five years old. I never really thought that I would be able to attend college due to the cost of tuition.

Through my hard work during high school, and your charitable scholarship, I can finally live my dream. Thank you so much for this experience.

Yours Truly,
Suzzanna
Penn State - Fayette


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of BriannaI would like to thank you for the generous scholarship grant towards my education. I became eligible for this scholarship when I mom was injured in 1999 at work and was unable to return ever since. This scholarship is very important to me and my family because it plays a big part in helping me continue my education to become a Special Education Teacher. I am currently a sophomore at Delaware Community College. I have been working very hard at Delaware County so that I can transfer to a four year school at the end of the summer. My passion is to receive a Masters degree in Special Education and becoming a Special Education Teacher.

This has been a very busy year. Besides keeping up with my academics, every Friday morning at the Lansdowne YMCA, I teach the Special needs children from Upper Darby High school how to swim. This is very rewarding and I enjoy being around the children. Also, I participated in Glenolden’s Community day event and helped the children with crafts and games. This Thanksgiving I will again be helping to prepare, serve, and deliver over 600 meals out in the Delaware County area. This is a awesome experience that I look forward to every year. Thanks again for your support.

Brianna
Delaware County Community College


Kids' Chance,

Picture of JennaThank you so much for the opportunity this scholarship has given me. Virginia Tech is an amazing university with opportunities for me to travel to other countries, work in a lab alongside professors, and becoming a member of excellent clubs such as the VT Dairy Club. I have helped to coordinate events such as the Dairy Club's Showcase Sale and Thanksgiving dinner. As the year progresses more opportunities will be available to me and I cannot wait to continue taking advantage of those chances as I grow in my mind and as an adult. Virginia Tech will help me to succeed later in life as I become involved in the field and begin networking within the dairy industry.

I became eligible for this scholarship because my father died in a work accident eight years ago. He was always extremely supportive of my love for dairy cows and my dreams to be involved in the dairy industry. I have worked hard in school and in the barn to help myself excel in an attempt to achieve my dreams.

Thank you again for the amazing opportunities you are giving me the chance to experience.

Sincerely,
Jenna
Virginia Tech


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of DeannaI wanted to personally thank you for the opportunity once again for allowing me to continue with my education. The award that I received from this organization has helped me to further my goals. Also, the award has helped me not to further struggle with finances. My father deeply appreciates you acknowledging student's desires for education such as myself.

Thank you so much,

Deanna
Robert Morris University


Dear Kids' Chance,

Thank you very much for choosing me as the recipient of your scholarship. The money I have been awarded is allowing me to pursue the education I have always desired and set me on the path to my goal of helping others through science. I cannot express enough gratitude.

I became eligible for this scholarship as a result of the many struggles my family has been facing for the past few years, including my dad’s severe back injury and resulting surgical procedures, as well as my mom’s troubles with muscular dystrophy and Breast Cancer. These issues left us in a tight place money wise with me questioning my ability to attend college due to our financial distress. Kids' Chance helped alleviate these worries by providing me with a scholarship that covers many of my expenses which I would have otherwise struggled to cover.

I cannot express enough gratitude for the opportunity this has given me. I plan to continue working hard through others to achieve my degree and progress further toward my goal of helping those in need through advancements in science and medicine. One day I hope to change the lives of many people in predicaments similar to that of my family, and Kid’s Chance has gotten me one step closer to reaching my goal. Thank you very much for all you have done for me, this contribution will not be forgotten as I move forward in my education and eventually into my career in pharmaceutical research.

Thanks again,
Zachary
Lock Haven University of PA


Dear Kids' Chance,

I would like to thank you for all the opportunities you have given me thus far in my journey of becoming an early and primary educator. Without the scholarship you have provided me, I would not be as fortunate to be here at the University of Scranton. Soon my first semester of my sophomore year will be coming to an end, and it could not be going any better. This semester, I was able to take more courses that relate to my major and have been given the opportunity to do observation in a Pre-K classroom. From this, I can truly say I have made the right choice towards my future occupation. Your scholarship has had a great impact on my education and has bettered my chances of accomplishing my goal of one day becoming an elementary teacher.

Once again thank you!

Billie Jo
University of Scranton


To Whom It May Concern,

Photo of BrittanyHello, my name is Brittany and lam a senior at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. I have been honored to receive your gracious scholarship for the past four years, the duration of my college education. I am an Elementary Education major with a focus area in Human Relations. This semester is spent completing two placements of student teaching, in two different elementary schools. I have already spent seven weeks in a 4th grade classroom, and I am now preparing to enter a 1st grade classroom for an additional seven weeks.

I can never thank your organization enough for the scholarships I have been awarded. The continuous scholarships have helped dramatically in various expenses that come in being a college student. I am a commuter with what seems to be an endless commute to both my placement schools and the University. Your scholarships have helped me get where I need to go in a safe and timely fashion.

Ever since my father's accident, he has had difficulty fiding work. He has certain lifting restrictions and many of the jobs he has previously done he is unable to do now. With the help of your scholarship my parents have not had the extra burden of trying to find out how I will attend school. I will be forever grateful that your organization has given me the opportunity to further my education and help me follow my dream of helping others. Thank you once again and please continue to help students like myself.

Sincerely,
Brittany
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Photo of LaurenI would like to thank you for granting me with this scholarship. The Kids' Chance Scholarship allows me to attend Elizabethtown College to pursue an education towards a degree in social work. This scholarship provides me with the opportunity to fulfill my dreams of graduating college and going on to attend grad school. Because my mom was injured in a workplace injury, money is tight in my household and this scholarship makes attending college easier. It honestly makes a significant difference in allowing me to achieve my education and future career goals. Helping me to get an education will allow me to help others as a social worker in the future. I am so grateful.

Thank you so much for your support.

Sincerely,
Lauren
Elizabethtown College


Dear Kids' Chance Board Members and Scholar Sponsors,

Photo of HannaThank you so much for the opportunity to receive a college education, without your generous assistance my goal of becoming a Physician Assistant might not have become a reality. I am so fortunate to have the chance to receive a Master’s of Physician Assistant education at Saint Francis University. It has always been a dream of mine to study medicine and help those who are less fortunate. I am currently studying in Ambialet, France for the semester taking biology courses and fine art requirements. I would never have had this eye opening experience without your generous scholarship. My university has flexibility within their paradigm allowing PA students to spend a semester abroad before our graduate schooling begins. It is an experience that has already altered my life, bringing me a more appreciative understanding of different cultures and the huge world around me. Thank you for opening up my world to countless possibilities.

Once more, thank you very much!

Hanna
Saint Francis University


Kid’s Chance of PA,

Photo of MonirhI am honored to receive a scholarship from your wonderful organization. I am currently a freshman at Pennsylvania College of Technology and with this scholarship I will be able to continue the dream of completing college and becoming a nurse. Coming from Liberia as a immigrants, my parents worked incredibly hard to provide for my 3 siblings and me. The death of my father made me realize how important education was.

I graduated high school with honors and began attending college soon after with my dream of become a Registered Nurse. I plan to continue my education to obtain a master’s degree in nursing with hopes of working in pediatrics.

This scholarship will help me a great deal with the pursuit of obtaining my nursing degree. It will provide me help in paying for books and tuition which sometimes seems overwhelming. Receiving this scholarship also helps me to send some of my loan money back so that I can be in lesser debt.

Sometimes life does not seem fair, but with donors like yourselves, it gives me hope that there are people who truly do care about others. I greatly appreciate your contribution and I promise that I will put it to good use in the pursuit of my dream of completing my education.

Sincerely,
Monirh
Pennsylvania College of Technology


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Picture of CarlyeI would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to your program for bestowing upon me the Kids’ Chance Scholarship for 2012-13. This scholarship has helped me to excel in more ways than you can imagine! It has helped me focus on the studies rather than on how I am going to pay for my education. It has inspired me to help others like you so kindly have helped many students including myself. Words cannot describe how thankful I am to have the scholarship to finish my degree at Penn State without any worries.

I am in my senior year studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Leadership Development. I will be graduating in May 2013 with my Bachelor of Science. I plan to attend graduate school to obtain my PhD in Mechanical Engineering starting next fall. I have also received full-time job offers but am holding off until I fully decide on graduate school. This past summer I interned for Ball Aerospace & Technologies in Boulder, Colorado. I loved my time there both to explore the area and gain a vastly different experience than my last two internships. I also traveled in May to Budapest, Hungary for part of my minor to work on an international project there. This was my first time in Europe and it was an incredible experience I will never forget.

This next year will be extremely busy but exciting. I am a Teaching Assistant for two classes, and I am doing research with Dr. Simpson on advancing the emerging frontier of active compliant mechanisms. I am also heavily involved with Engineering Ambassadors and have helped plan and lead the National Conference for 22 universities here in State College during August. I am also speaking on behalf of the organization at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Conference in Houston this November. I am an officer for American Society of Mechanical Engineers and am busy planning many activities with them this year. Outside of Engineering, I am a Captain for THON. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and I am honored to have a leadership role in this organization.

I am eager to see where this year takes me and where the next step in my journey will be after graduation. I can’t wait to share stories with you down the road of all the things I hope to accomplish. Thank you for being such an important part of my undergraduate degree. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

Sincerely,
Carlye
The Pennsylvania State University


Dear Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania Committee,

Picture of JessicaI would like to thank you for choosing me to receive a scholarship grant for the 2012-2013 school year.

The money that I have received has given my mother and I a sense of some relief with my college financial expenses. The Kid’s Chance Scholarships is really a great advocate for families such as mine. My father suffered a traumatic brain injury 4 ½ years ago, while at work, which has left him incapacitated and living in a nursing home. It has been very difficult and emotional for us but as a family we have managed. My dad was the main financial provider and so the loss of his work income has been a worry for my mother. This is especially so when it comes to our college education because that was my dad’s main goal in life…to get his 2 daughters through college. My sister graduated from Temple just this past May. Now it’s my turn to do what I need to do which is to do my very best at West Chester.

The Kids’ Chance Scholarship grant is allowing me to focus on my studies and experience college life without having to worry about my college costs for this year.

This is my second year at West Chester University and I have just declared a major. I am majoring in Early Grades and Special Education. I have also become involved with the club Council for Exception Children (CEC). We do many activities with children who have special needs. I’ve participated in the many game nights that we hold, blanket making and a Buddy Walk held in early November. I am also involved with Music Entertainment. This club helps to organize, set up and work at our schools big spring concert. I hope as time continues I will have more opportunities to get more involved with West Chester University as well as the community.

My family and I send our greatest appreciation.

Sincerely,
Jessica
West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Thank you so very much for the scholarship you graciously gave me. It has been a tremendous help in my educational expenses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When one of my parents was seriously injured at work several years ago, they lost the opportunity to continue their full time employment. I presently work several part time jobs to help with the expense of my education. During the summer and holidays I work as a cashier at my local grocery store, as well as a park patrolman for our city’s police department. During the school year, I also work part time for my college with the Health and Well Being Department and BACCUS.

I have been on the Dean’s List during my time at Indiana University. I am a junior in the Criminology Department and hope to do an internship next year with a Federal Marshall. I am very active in community service at school. I am also the president of BACCUS (Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of the University Students). Additionally, I volunteer with peer education for the Haven Project on campus.

Again, my sincere thank you for the scholarship you granted me. I can’t begin to express my gratitude. When I become fully employed after graduation, I plan to “pass the kindness on” in any way that I can.

I became eligible for this wonderful scholarship through an unfortunate accident. My dad is an electrician and he was working at a new warehouse one day in 1994. His team was sent onto the roof to finish wiring, but the roof had not been inspected for safety due do a miscommunication between his company and the building’s owner. The roof collapsed in the place where my dad and one of his co-workers were standing. He fell two stories and landed on a concrete floor. He did recover from his injuries, but it took several years. Today, nobody would know to look at him that he almost lost his life that day. However, we are constantly reminded of the accident when he has trouble sitting or standing for long periods of time, when he has trouble walking for long distances, and when his back bothers him. Thankfully he survived the accident and recovered enough to live a fairly normal life (aside from the pain from time-to-time). His survival is definitely the best part of the story, but being eligible for this scholarship is also a great benefit. I would relinquish my eligibility in an instant in order to take back his accident, but since that is not possible, my whole family will be thankful that he is alive and also be thankful that I can receive this wonderful scholarship.

With Much Gratitude,
Scott
Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of AnneI would like to thank you for awarding me the Kids’ Chance Scholarship. It has lightened the financial burdens of school tremendously for my family and I and I am able to focus on my studies much more, rather than working more at my part time job.

I became eligible for this scholarship when my father was injured at work, and had to receive surgeries to repair the damage. He suffers from chronic pain daily, making physical labor much more difficult for him, meaning he can’t work as much. Receiving this award has also relieved much of the stress off of my father.

I am now a sophomore in college working on finishing my general education classes until I decide what type of career I am truly interested in. Kids’ Chance is a dream come true, without this scholarship my career in college would be so much more difficult, if not impossible. I truly appreciate everything you have done for us, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Sincerely Anne
Mount Aloysius College


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of GuyI would like to say thank you very much for the help you have given me. I became eligible for the Kids' Chance scholarship when my father was laid off of his job because of work related carpal tunnel from the use of jack hammers at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Life has been very difficult financially for my family and I ever since.

I commute as a freshman to Penn State Altoona from my home in East Freedom, PA. The drive to campus takes about 40 minutes which is about $40 a week in gas. Without Kids' Chance it would have been very difficult if even possible to obtain enough gas money to get to and from class daily. I also work at Hollister Co. at the Logan Valley Mall in Altoona and Kids' Chance has made it easier to eat healthy in the busy days that I have. Without food money, I would be forced to drive the whole way home for food every day from school and then back into Altoona for work. I have also been able to cut my hours at work, giving me enough time to study, do homework and really succeed at what I am doing.

Kids' Chance has given this kid a chance that he never thought he could afford; to go to college and make something of himself. All I can say is that I am glad there are people and organizations out there who honestly care about college students in my financial position and are willing to help in ways that most would not. I will continue to sleep soundly at night knowing that Kids' Chance has got my back.

Thank you.

Guy
Penn State Altoona


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pa:

Picture of RyanThank you so much for selecting me for this scholarship! This is such a big help in defraying my tuition and book costs next semester. As soon as your award letter came in the mail, I shared the news with my mom, whose work related injury resulted in my eligibility for this scholarship. It was an emotional moment for both of us because seldom in life does something good arise from misfortune and tragedy. In so many ways, this helps heal those wounds.

I will shortly be completing my first semester at Midlands Tech with a major in computer technology. This scholarship assures I will not have to face any financial challenges for the rest of this school year! Thank you again for your generosity and for believing in me and my future. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Gratefully Yours,
Ryan
Midlands Tech


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Picture of ValerieI just wanted to write a few lines to tell you how grateful I am for being a recipient from Kids’ Chance of PA.

After my mother was injured at work, the ability to fund some elements of my college experience became dicey. For a while, I was not sure how I would be able to fully fund these expenses. Thanks to Kids’ Chance, I felt assured that I would be able to fund some of my necessary college expenses.

Thanks to Kids’ Chance, I have the unique opportunity to not only continue my studies, but to buy necessary items for class. Book prices are extremely high, and thanks to Kids’ Chance, purchasing these materials was made possible, especially since the academic demands from Gettysburg College require multiple materials per class. Financially, without the help from Kids’ Chance, book buying would be rough – and yet another added element of stress. Thanks to Kids’ Chance, setting aside funds for purchasing textbooks is made possible.

I am honored to again be included in the Kids’ Chance of PA program. The good that this program does is indescribable. At Gettysburg College, we would identify it as “great work,” seeing as our motto is to “Do Great Work.” Every ounce of support I receive, both financially and verbal encouragement ensures that I continue in my college career. Thanks to Kids’ Chance, financially, I am most definitely able to “Do Great Work.”

Sincerely Yours,
Valerie
Gettysburg College


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of AlyssaThank you so much for the opportunity you have given me with this scholarship. My father became disabled when I was younger from a work related accident, he tore all the cartilage in his knee and it has been very painful for him ever since. My father, due to this disability, cannot work and therefore I must pay for college on my own. The scholarship I received from you will greatly help me reach my goal of being an elementary school teacher. Right now I am not involved in any extra-curricular activities because I would like to gauge how college is before I add any extra things to my plate. However, I have been working very hard to receive good grades in all my classes. Thank you again for the scholarship which gives me an amazing opportunity!

Sincerely,
Alyssa
Alvernia University


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of KeraThank you so much for the scholarship award that I received for the 2012-2013 school year. I am currently a senior at The Pennsylvania State University and Kids’ Chance has helped me defer the high cost of tuition for the last four years. Each year I have been extremely excited and grateful to receive an award and this year is no different. It has been exciting to have your organization be a part of my college education.

I am eligible for the Kids’ Chance scholarship because my dad was in a very serious accident at work 18 years ago. He is an electrician and he was working on the roof of a newly built warehouse when the roof collapsed. He and a coworker fell two stories and landed on a concrete floor below. Amazingly, he survived and was not permanently disabled from his fall. He could not return to his old job because it was to physically demanding, but he can do other work in the electrical field.

The Kids’ Chance scholarship has allowed me to attend an amazing university and has helped to lessen the burden of expensive tuition. In May I will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and I plan to attend graduate school to earn a PhD. Without the scholarship, which helps keep the amount of my loans down, I may not be able to afford graduate school this fall.

Thank you once again for all that you have helped me achieve.

Kera
The Pennsylvania State University


Dear Kids' Chance of Pa,

Picture of TamraThank you so much for the scholarship you have awarded me. It will greatly help me financially with the high cost of college. I am attending the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a nutrition major. My career goal is to become a Registered Dietitian. This goal will be achieved through four years of college and an internship. The scholarship money you have given to me will take some finical burden off of my hands. My father's work accident that happened years ago allowed me to be eligible for your scholarship. He was working as an electrician and fell two stories onto cement flooring. His accident would not have happened had the building been checked for safety hazards. He endured hours of numerous surgeries. My dad is a strong man and has pushed through the struggles that came after his accident. He inspires me to push through all of the bad things in life and to keep focused on my goals. Thank you for taking the time to review my scholarship application and award me with the money.

Sincerely,
Tamra
Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Hello,

Picture of CharlieI wanted to say thank you so very much for once again awarding me the Kids' Chance scholarship! This has helped me so very much with the last few years and especially this year. With this being my senior year, I would've never got this far without the help of Kids' Chance for sure! I have got to go to a wonderful college, make amazing friends, and be a part of a few different sports teams. With swimming on the varsity swim team all four years, being the manager of the varsity and JV varsity football team three years, and taking pictures for the ice hockey team for three years also. Also, getting to take four years for great classes and majoring in Sociology, and learning so much more in my other classes. The biggest thing I was lucky enough to be able to take part in was being in the Disney Internship Program at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida in the Spring of 2012. I got to be able to stay 8 months , I originally suppose to stay 6 moths but had the chance to take more credits over the two extra months and I got to stay. I went down in Jan. I started with being a life guard, but about a month later I was lucky enough to be moved to ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. This helped me get closer to my dreams coming true with becoming a sports broadcaster. I got to work with the Atlanta Braves, and know them personally, I also got to work with professional athletes from all over the world that came to our complex. About 6 months in I got promoted to the box office, where I got trained in money work, and deal with people in a different setting. I also, got to work in all the other main parks picking up shifts. This experience was AMAZING! Also, I couldn't forget to add, was the friends I made, there's no real words I can explain how amazing they are. My roommate ( I lived with 8 girls, and it was the best time of my life) but she was from California near LA. For not knowing each other before, we had the best relationship and we had a blast. The other roommates, and friends worked all over the parks, and hotels were so much fun. I still keep in touch with them on a daily basic. Over all, I took 3 classes though Disney University and getting credits though LVC, and in total I earned 21 credits that semester. With learning how to live so far away on my own, not knowing anyone, taking classes, and working full time. I don't think I could've asked for a better experience. Now with my senior year this semester, I have a very hard course load right now, and taking 18 credits in the spring. But after graduation, I plan to move back to Florida, and take my job waiting for me at Disney. But I have to say thank you, so very much to Kids' Chance if it wasn't for your help, I would've never had the chance to go to college, compete in college sports, have my dreams come true and do an internship at Disney, and mostly see myself in my senior year of college almost ready to graduate. These four years went way to fast, but the best four years of my life! Thank you for making my dreams come true! I am truly grateful and glad to have such a great program helping me and other students like me get though this great time of our lives!

Thank you.

Charlie
Lebanon Valley College


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Picture of JessicaAfter my father’s accident in 2009, which resulted in the loss of his leg and has made it difficult for him to continue his work, I’ve been worried about paying for my college Education. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for being selected to receive a scholarship. It makes a huge difference in how I am paying for my education. I have put the award money towards paying for my textbooks that I will be using this semester and next.

I have a very busy class schedule this semester, and am enrolled in classes working towards an environmental science degree. My classes are hands on and revolve around fieldwork and field trips. I have also become even more involved in campus life, starting out with being an inbound leader. Inbound is a great program here at Juniata that allows incoming freshman to move in a few days before classes and ease their transition by doing fun things in the area and on campus. This semester I am also the President of Campus Girl Scouts, and I have already completed one fundraiser for the local humane society, and have more events planned for the future. I am also part of the executive board as Program Director for our campus radio station WKVR, and we are working hard to get it up and running again. I also plan to have a talk show, which will air Wednesday evenings. So if you are within a 10-mile radius of Juniata College, tune in! I also recently got my open water scuba diver certification through a program here on campus.

Thank you again for the generosity of Kids' Chance.

Jessica
Juniata College


Dear Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of MadisonMy name is Madison and I cannot explain in words how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to receive a Kid’s chance Scholarship. My family was suffering tremendously after my father’s work related injury in 2006 and it is even worse financially and emotionally after his loss which occurred in October of 2010. I am now able to pay for my housing and meal plan at the University of Pittsburgh for the spring term. Without this scholarship I would have been put under a lot more stress on top of what I am already dealing with because of my school work. I can’t thank everyone enough. I will be sure to provide updates on my academic and extra-curricular activities. Thanks again!

Sincerely,
Madison
University of Pittsburgh


To Whom It May Concern,

Picture of JonathanWith the generosity of Kids' Chance of PA I am able to continue my education at the University at Buffalo.

I am currently in my second year of studying Accounting at the University at Buffalo, and am finishing up a minor in English. On campus this year, I participated in the xACT accounting competition, which is sponsored by the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The competition this year involved analyzing the merger of fictitious companies LMC Media and Family Theme Parks, and deciding what they should do with the subsidiary of Family Theme Parks, Bell Games. The competition was a chance to actively participate in real life accounting work, preparing me for what my career will be like, and the chance to network with professionals with PwC.

Thanks for all the support you have given me and my sister Rachel to help us continue with our education.

Very Respectfully,
Jonathan
University of Buffalo


Picture of RachelThe Hoover Rehabilitation Services Scholarship has made a great impact on my life and I cannot thank them enough. When my dad was hurt on the job and could not return to work, financial strain was placed on my family. This was especially worrisome since I was planning to go to college a couple years after the accident. However, my dreams of a college education came true with the help from Kids’ Chance and Hoover Rehabilitation Services. Their financial assistance has allowed be to get to where I am today, a senior at the University of Pittsburgh planning to graduate in the spring. The continued support in my education is very much appreciated and I would just like to convey my full gratitude. Thank you.

Rachel
University of Pittsburgh


Dear Kid’s Chance,

Picture of VictoriaI want to sincerely thank you for awarding me with this scholarship. It is a tremendous help with the financial burden of college.

I became eligible for a Kids’ Chance scholarship because of my mother’s disability. When I was in ten, I came home from school to see my mother lying on our couch, which was extremely odd. At the time my mother was the principal of not one but two elementary schools, a first year doctorial student, a mother to three young children, a wife, sister, and friend. It turns out that day at work she was knocked over by a fellow faculty member and herniated eight discs in her back. This freak accident changed not only my mother’s life but also had a huge impact on our entire family. She was the primary financial provider for our family while my father was a stay at home dad taking care of my younger brother and sister. Things definitely changed around the house when the roles reversed and money was tight. My mother wasn’t able to do what she loved which was leading her students and taking care of my siblings, who were five and four years old at the time, and me.

Although my mother’s injury was terribly upsetting and sad, it made me work harder in school and push myself to excel in things that I love, such as dance and theatre where throughout high school I played a huge part in both programs and held lead roles in the shows. My mother is always there to support me and cheers me on in school and all of my activities.

This scholarship has given me the chance to continue my education at Loyola University Maryland. I’m thrilled and excited to be at a new school where I can meet new people and continue my education. Thank you so much once again for this opportunity.

Victoria
Loyola University Maryland


Dear Kids’ Chance:

Picture of MatthewI would like to thank the Kids’ Chance organization for the scholarship that I was awarded to help with the expensive costs of going to college. I am heading into my senior year of school and am very excited for my final year of school. I am in my last semester of classes this fall then I am off to my internship in the spring.

I am going to be at Susquehanna University for my internship in strength and conditioning working with most of Susquehanna’s sporting teams. I will be getting experience for my future career in college coaching for track and field.

I am still competing in the pole vault for the Bloomsburg University track and field team. The scholarship money helps me continue competing. I haven’t had to take a work study job or part time job in my for year college career.

I appreciate the money that I have been given over the last for years. Thank you everyone at Kids’ Chance that have invested in my future over the past four years.

Sincerely,
Matthew
Bloomsburg University


Dear Kids' Chance of PA,

Picture of MatthewMy name is Matt. I'd like to take this chance and say THANK YOU! It means a lot to my family and myself that I was awarded this scholarship for $2,500. That is a lot of money to us so again thank you, thanky you to everyone who had a hand in choosing me. Thank you everyone from me and my entire family and especially my mom. Thanks for having this wonderful scholarship to help families members like me who suffered watching my mom suffer so much.

Thank you Kids' Chance of PA and thank you to all the supporters of this program. Please keep supporting so kids like me have a chance at a dream come true.

Matthew
Wesley College


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of JobinHello my name is Jobin. I am the recipient of one of your scholarships. I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this great honor that I have received from Kids' Chance. As a pre-med student in an 8yr. medical program I came to realize that there will be obstacles both academically and financially. I came to be eligible because of my hard work and determination once again. And I appreciate the bigger reward that I received for the new academic year.

Once again this motivates to do my very best because it reminds me that I have people who are putting their trust in me to do my very best. No matter how difficult the classes may be I know that my journey is supported and that an organization like Kids' Chance has 100% complete trust in me. The importance of this scholarship helps me financially and also emotionally because know I feel I have a purpose to help others when they need help just like how Kids' Chance is helping me to achieve my dreams.

So I like to thank you once again for this great honor.

Sincerely,
Jobin
Shepherd University


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of JacobI want to say thank you so much for the continued support that you have been able to grant me for my college career. I am about to finish my first semester of my sophomore year at Liberty University. Psychology and Christian counseling is my major, and I just declared a minor in business. Over the past three semesters, I have kept a grade point average of 3.74. The help and encouragement from this organization has given me the motivation to succeed in my studies and for the rest of my life. My extra-curricular activities include play soccer and tennis, working at the LaHaye Student Union on campus, and snowboarding. My future goals are to go on to graduate school and get my license as a counselor and begin my dream of changing the lives of people around me. The help and encouragement from your organization has given me more of a motivation to excel in every area of my academic journey. All I can say is thank you Kid’s Chance, this would all be impossible without you.

Jacob
Liberty University


Dear Kids' Chance, Trusted Answers, Peace of Mind Scholarship,

Picture of BrittanyMy name is Brittany Werkmeister and I am a senior at Penn State Altoona. I have been applying for this scholarship since my first year of college and have been lucky enough to have been granted another scholarship from your program.

Since I was awarded this scholarship I was able to pay for a good bit of my tuition and my books that I had to buy this semester for my classes. Being that it is my 4th year in college I have been lucky enough to meet all types of people and be involved in numerous groups. t am a member of Psychology club this year and am highly involved in that with clean ups, fundraisers, and much more. I am also the vice president of Psi Chi which is an honor society for the majors of Psychology at Penn State Altoona and it is also a national honor society. I have done some other volunteer work involving bake sales and babysitting.

What I want to succeed in life is to graduated college with my degree in Psychology which I will do as planned in May ofthis year. I plan to apply for graduate school around my hometown and go for my masters in counseling and hopefully get a job dealing with drugs and alcohol. I want to maybe work in the school district so that I can get involved with the kids and if they have a problem at school I can be there at their disposal. In a few years after that I want to see if I am financially able to open up my own practice and involve anyone with any problems with drugs and alcohol. This would involve me going back to school, and getting my Ph.D. in counseling psychology or in a therapy of my choice.

I really do have to thank the people at Kids' Chance for all the opportunities that I have been able to do and accomplish because of the scholarship I was granted. You all have helped me out so much when it comes to school. I can't thank you enough.

Thank you so much for the opportunities and the support.

Thanks again,
Brittany
Penn State Altoona


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Picture of JessicaI am completely honored and incredibly thankful to receive a scholarship from such an incredible organization. This award significantly helps me pursue my education as I battle the costs of rising tuition to complete my senior year at The Ohio State University. Your award is a huge help and is so important to my family and I. You help make my college dreams a possibility, and for that I cannot be more thankful.

When I was seven years old my father was killed in a logging accident. While he was at work he was crushed under a tree, and he did not survive. Your scholarship provides me with the assistance to continue my education and live up to my father’s name. I know I would make him proud as I finish my final year and become the first college graduate within our family. I spent the last four years taking advantage of every opportunity and making my dreams a reality because of your help. I recently applied to vet school, and I will hopefully continue my education at a school of veterinary medicine.

Thanks to your generosity, I have the means and support to be where I am as a student. My education means more to me than anything, and I have you to thank for everything I have achieved. Thank you for your kindness!

Sincerely,
Jessica
The Ohio State University


I would like to thank the people of Kids' Chance for helping me pursue my college degree for the second year in a row. The scholarship that I have received will help me continue my education in getting my AA degree at IRSC and then further my education on getting majors in Marine Biology and Zoology also a minor in Psychology. Thanks to you I am able to go where I can get better schooling for what I want to do since Pennsylvania only has a few schools for what I want to accomplish. My goal is to work with any kind of animals whether it is a marine or a land animal. I would like to get into Psychology to be able to rehabilitate them to go back into the wild if possible. I do not know exactly when I will graduate but I do know I will do as much schooling as I have to do to reach my goals.

In 1989, my father sustained an injury while on the job. My father had taken time off work to be home and take care of my mother after she gave birth to my sister. One day, his boss called and asked him if he could come and help him finish a job (my father worked for a company which did Pipeline Construction). The day he was injured he was on the job with his boss seeding a location which the company had just completed. His boss was driving the truck and my dad was in the bed of the truck feeding the hay into a mulcher (which is a machine to chop/cut up items into very fine pieces over an area). My father was standing on a rope which he didn’t see and when he loaded the mulcher the force of the rope being pulled into the mulcher threw him up in the air and instead of his leg bending under him at his knee it bent the opposite direction in front of him when he landed hyper extending the knee 10 -12 inches. He pulled all the ligaments/muscles in his knee and sustained a bone chip which severed his main artery in his leg. The doctors in Pittsburgh did manage to save his leg. He has had three other surgeries on his knee and leg since his initial injury. Two of them were for nerve damage (which were only temporary fixes).

He has been unable to work due to excruciating chronic pain (due to nerve damage and severe arthritis of the joints). Because of his injuries and limitations related to his injury he has been unable to find employment. This has changed our family's lives and without the help of Kids' Chance Scholarship college would be more of a burden on my family especially since I have an older sister in University.

Sincerely,
Lindsey

Letters from 2011-2012 Scholarship Recipients

Dear Kids' Chance:

Picture of StevenI would like to thank you for granting me with your generous scholarship, it truly means a lot to me. I have been eligible for the scholarship all my academic career; my step father was in a car crash and put on disabilities when I was still in high school. However I was unaware of scholarship until half way through my junior year at Slippery Rock University. This scholarship has played a huge importance me finance my education. When I first enrolled into Slippery Rock University I chose to be a Sports Management major, but after my first year was complete I decided that Sports Management was not the career path for me. Starting my second year I switched to Information Technology, and have been there even since. This change of major put me behind in my studies; I had to take many summer classes every summer including the past summer in order to catch up. Every one of the summer classes that I took had to pay out of pocket, doing this depleted my saving quickly. This scholarship was a blessing, with little money in my savings, I was worried about how I would pay for books, and cost of living throughout the academic year, but with the scholarship these worries have lifted. I am very thankful for the generous scholarship that I have received, and this cannot be stated enough.

Sincerely,
Steven
Slippery Rock University


Picture of SamMy eligibility for this scholarship came after the unfortunate occurrence of my father’s death. Seven months before I was born, my dad passed away in a horrific construction accident. It was potentially his last day on the job, but the weather wasn't welcoming that fateful day in March. He was carrying a piece of sheet metal on the roof of a seven story building, when a gust of wind swept him to a bone-crushing fall. Upon hitting the ground, his body instantly shattered, and a once perfect existence quickly faded. Sam Calvin died that day, a day that would devastate my mother forever. He was ecstatic to have a baby, however he didn't survive to see his dream come true. My pregnant mother, instead of gaining weight, began losing weight due to this tragedy. She laid in bed with my grandmother for that first week after the accident in a fetal position trying to comprehend what had happened. For the remainder of the pregnancy you could usually find her sitting in my grandparents' kitchen rocking in a rocking chair looking out the sliding glass door trying to live a life she really didn't want to live. To compound the situation, shortly after that, she developed a heart condition. The only thing that kept her going was me. My whole life she has tried to do what she thought my father would want her to do, and he definitely would have wanted me to succeed in college.

That’s where this scholarship is a major benefit to my life. Without money, I wouldn’t even be able to attend a college. Fortunately, there are organizations in the world like Kids’ Chance of PA that honestly care about children that have undergone devastating events. My dad would have been saving money for me to go to school, but he isn’t around to do that so I greatly appreciate the sincerity of the people of your organization for financially helping me through college.

Currently, my plans are to major in finance. I have been holding a 3.5 GPA, and because of arduous work and dedication, I will be able to make the cut for the Smeal College of Business. The money I have received from this scholarship last year was put towards books, along with tuition. Kids’ Chance has been incredibly generous to me, allowing me to have some aid towards my education adds to my motivation. I don’t worry as much about the money that I will owe some day, and focus more on actually getting excellent grades, along with a memorable experience that will last a lifetime.

Sincerely,
Sam
Penn State – Altoona


Dear Kids’ Chance and the ACE Charitable Foundation,

Picture of KarleyI would like to thank you for the generous scholarship that was given to me to help further my education. I greatly appreciate this award and everyone who has made this scholarship possible. I know that it will be a huge help in furthering my educational goals here at the University of Pittsburgh.

I came to be eligible for a Kids’ Chance scholarship because my father was injured at work 26 years ago and has been unable to return to work ever since. I have worked very hard in school in order to receive good grades and become eligible for scholarships because I knew that my father, who is a single parent, would be unable to create a college fund for me.

I am currently a freshman in college majoring in pre-pharmacy. With a Pharm.D. degree I plan on becoming a pharmacist in 6 years, and eventually opening up my own business. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be a pharmacist when I job-shadowed in high school. I have always wanted to do something in medicine because I enjoy helping people. Researching the many health care jobs that I possibly could, I eliminated the jobs that did not seem right for me. I am outgoing and love interacting with people. As a pharmacist I can help and also interact with people.

I am also enrolled in many extra-curricular clubs. I am a member of the Pitt Program Council and the Student Alumni Association. I also plan on joining Rx Prep and SNPhA, which are pharmacy clubs that prepare you for pharmacy school. In the summer, I am going to volunteer at my local hospital and try to get an internship at a Target pharmacy.

Thank you again and I will remember to keep you posted on my academic success throughout college!

Thank you,
Karley
University of Pittsburgh


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of BriannaThank you so much for the Scholarship that I became eligible for through Kids' Chance scholarship fund. My mom has been suffering with a work related injury for years which is why I became eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship will help me pursue my dream to become a Special Education Teacher.

Thanks again for making my dream come possible.

Sincerely,
Brianna
Delaware County Community College


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania, Inc. and Calhoon & Associates, P.C.,

Picture of AmandaI want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart for awarding me the Trusted Answers, Peace of Mind scholarship this year. It has tremendously lightened the financial burden for my family and me.

I became eligible for this award back in 2001 when my father lost his life in a tractor trailer accident. It was always a dream he had for me to be able to have the chance to go to college.

I am now a senior, and with your gift to me I am confident that I will be able to make this dream a reality. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Kids’ Chance is unlike any other scholarship program and because of the help and generosity of Kids’ Chance and the ACE Charitable Foundation I am able to attend the school of my dreams.

Thank you

Amanda
Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Dear Kid’s Chance and the ACE Charitable Foundation,

Picture of DeannaI wanted to thank your organization for allowing me the opportunity to succeed in college. I was eligible for this reward because of my dad’s disability. He was seriously injured at his job. Because of his injury, my dad has not been able to go back to work. Therefore, my family has been struggling to get through week by week. When I was giving an opportunity to go to college, I took it. I am the third in my family that actually took the initiative to go. This scholarship helped me out so much. Also, it provided an extra light to my future. I can now focus more on school than worry about financial instability all the time. Of course, getting through college will always be a problem. However, this scholarship allows me to put it on the so called “back burner”. I signed up for clubs such as Association of Future Accountants and Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders of America).My confidence would not be increased if it wasn’t for this scholarship. Once again, thank you so much for this opportunity. I am so grateful.

Sincerely yours,
Deanna
Robert Morris University


To whom it may concern,

Picture of TessaI am sending this letter to thank you for choosing me to be awarded The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP scholarship. My name is Tessa, and I am currently a junior at West Virginia University studying criminology. When my mother was injured back in 2008, I was afraid that my academic goals were going to have to be put on hold. She fell at work and injured her back, and has yet to return to work, or any normal daily activities. She has been to numerous doctors, physical therapists, and is currently still dealing with Workmans Compensation, which is an issue of its own. I grew up with a single mother and depend on her for almost everything. She has been my best friend and my number one supporter in everything that I do. She is always pushing me to achieve my goals and I know it has greatly saddened her to not be able to financially help me with my schooling. I have been forced to borrow loans and this scholarship is going to help me immensely with additional expenses. Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship.

Sincerely,
Tessa
West Virginia University


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of Billie JoI would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to receive your award. It has and will make a great impact on my education.

In the year 2000, when my father was struck by an oncoming tractor trailer, money and financial needs became very scarce. The accident that changed my family’s life also made it hard for my parents, my sister, and I to see a future education in our lives. After many years of determination, I am now a freshman education major at my dream college, the University of Scranton. Although money is still an issue my parents wanted to see the best for me. To help in assisting both my parents and myself, the Kids' Chance award has made a lot possible. This award not only makes me feel as if I am going to be successful, but also will help with my school purchases such as books and tuition.

Overall I would like to thank Kids' Chance for making it possible for me to be at the University of Scranton and helping me to become a future elementary educator.

Thank You!
Billie Jo
University of Scranton


Dear Kids’ Chance and the Georgeles Law Firm, P.C.,

Photo of LaurenMy name is Lauren Klein, and I am currently a freshman at Elizabethtown College. I became eligible for this scholarship because my mother, who was a registered nurse, injured her back in a work related incident many years ago and has been unable to go back to work since.

This scholarship gives me the extra money that I need to attend such an esteemed school and purse my future career goals. I do not have to worry about money, so I can focus more on my school work. I am currently taking classes in education but am also planning to take classes in the social work field. I want to find the career that I will love to do for the rest of my life. Elizabethtown allows me to explore and obtain a great education.

Without this scholarship, affording and being able to attend this school would have been a challenge. Words cannot describe how truly thankful and grateful I am for receiving this scholarship.

Without it, I would not be attending a school that I love and pursing my academic and future goals.

Sincerely,
Lauren
Elizabethtown College


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Thank you once again for this incredible opportunity. I cannot even begin to express how much this scholarship means to both my family and myself. Without this scholarship, I know that my family would be put through even more difficult times than we have already seen.

This scholarship gives me hope for the future. It lets me see that people in this world still value and support education. It makes me want to work harder for the future so that I can make a positive difference in this world. I hope to one-day give back to others the opportunity to learn, for it is the key to the future. With a college education, the world is limitless.

This scholarship has driven me to accomplish more and reach new limits. I finished up an internship with Boeing this summer in Seattle, Washington where I was able to apply my engineering skills to problem solve issues on the newest edition to Boeing’s commercial fleet, the 787 Dreamliner. Gaining real world work experience is an opportunity that would never been made available without me pursuing a college degree in mechanical engineering. Likewise, I now hold leadership position in many organizations at Penn State. I am on the Executive Board for the Society of Women Engineers and the Women in Engineering Program and feel like I am making a difference in the lives of other engineers at Penn State.

I cannot put into words how grateful I am for the opportunity to learn. You have blessed me with that gift and I will do my best to continue to excel and reach new limits that I never saw possible before college.

Sincerely,
Carlye
The Pennsylvania State University


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania Committee,

Picture of JessicaI would like to thank you for choosing me to receive a $2000 scholarship grant for the 2011-2012 school year.

The money that I have received has given my mother and I a sense of some relief with my college financial expenses. The Kid’s Chance Scholarships is really a great concept for families such as mine. My father suffered a traumatic brain injury 4 ½ years ago, while at work, which has left him incapacitated and living in a nursing home. It has been very difficult and emotional for us but as a family we have managed. My dad was the main financial provider and so his loss of work income has been a worry for my mother. This is especially so when it comes to our college education because that was one of my dad’s main goal in life…to get his 2 daughters through college. My sister graduated from Temple just this past May. Now it’s my turn to do what I need to do which is to do my very best at West Chester.

The Kids’ Chance scholarship grant is allowing me to focus on my studies and really experience college life without having to worry about my college costs for this year.

My family and I send our greatest appreciation.

Sincerely,
Jessica
West Chester University


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of KeraI am writing you this letter to thank you for awarding me one of your scholarships again this year. The scholarships means a lot to my family and I, as it is very valuable in helping to pay for my tuition and other expenses at the Pennsylvania State University.

I am currently a junior at Penn State. I am studying psychology, and I hope to go to graduate school after I receive my bachelor’s degree from Penn State. I would like to be a counselor or work in a human resources department until I am able to complete my doctoral degree, and then I would like to be a practicing psychologist. My first two years of college, I commuted to Penn State Beaver, a branch near home. This year I transferred to the main campus, University Park. I am now living with two people that I graduated high school with in our own apartment about five miles from campus.

It has been a really big change; not only switching campuses but leaving home for the first time. There are a lot of new expenses to account for, and the Kids’ Chance scholarship helps to offset them by bringing the cost of my tuition lower. It is certainly a relief knowing that I have help with my tuition so that I can use the money I make at work on rent and bills, and so that I can focus more of my time on school and less on stressing over paying for my classes.

I became eligible for this wonderful scholarship through an unfortunate accident. My dad is an electrician and he was working at a new warehouse one day in 1994. His team was sent onto the roof to finish wiring, but the roof had not been inspected for safety due do a miscommunication between his company and the building’s owner. The roof collapsed in the place where my dad and one of his co-workers were standing. He fell two stories and landed on a concrete floor. He did recover from his injuries, but it took several years. Today, nobody would know to look at him that he almost lost his life that day. However, we are constantly reminded of the accident when he has trouble sitting or standing for long periods of time, when he has trouble walking for long distances, and when his back bothers him. Thankfully he survived the accident and recovered enough to live a fairly normal life (aside from the pain from time-to-time). His survival is definitely the best part of the story, but being eligible for this scholarship is also a great benefit. I would relinquish my eligibility in an instant in order to take back his accident, but since that is not possible, my whole family will be thankful that he is alive and also be thankful that I can receive this wonderful scholarship.

Thank you once again!

Kera
Penn State University


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of JessicaAfter my father’s accident in 2009, which resulted in the loss of his leg and has made it difficult for him to continue his work, I’ve been worried about paying for my college Education. Being chosen to receive a scholarship for the 2011/2012 school years is such a relief to me. I have put the award money towards paying for my textbooks that I will be using this semester and next. During my first few months at Juniata I feel I have made a successful transition to college life, I’ve made friends, participated in Juniata traditions and become involved in groups on campus. I’m now even the secretary for the Campus Girl Scouts, a position I was honored to be chosen for. My classes are challenging but rewarding, my favorite class is my Biology of Diversity and Ecology course, because it is the ground works I need to get my degree in Zoology.

Thank you again for the Generosity of Kids' Chance.

Jessica
Juniata College


Dear Kids' Chance of Pa. Inc,

Picture of JoeyMy name is Joey Sankey. I am a freshman student attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am also a recipient of the Kids' Chance Scholarship for the 2011/2012 year.

I want to thank the agency for helping me financially so I may pursue my education at the higher level. Your help has helped defray expenses and made it easier to afford the tuition for my family.

My father, Harry Sankey, was a Union carpenter who was injured permanantly in a job related accident in 1997. This has been hard on my family both emotionally and financially. The help Kids' Chance has granted not only me - but my older brothers Harry and Ryan - has eased the burden greatly.

At North Carolina I am currently a Business major. I am also a member of the Men's lacrosse Team that is ranked #6 in the country. I love the school and surrounding area. Kids' Chance has helped me pursue my dream of attending such a prestigious university.

Thank you again for your consideration and grant of aid. It is appreciated greatly!

Sincerely,
Joey
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Dear Kids' Chance of PA Inc,

Picture of RyanI would again like to thank you for the very generous scholarship granted to me for my attendance at Cabrini College for the 2011-2012 school year. Your gift of aid has allowed me to continue my education and pursue my dream of obtaining a college degree.

My father's wish is to have all three of his children graduate from college. His accident in 1997 has left him permanently disabled and unable to continue in the construction field as a Union carpenter. Due to this, our families financial situation has not been the best. Kids' Chance has provided my oldest brother, me, and also now my youngest brother the chance to fulfill his wish.

I am now nearing the end of my Bachelors Degree requirements in the Communication Field with a minor in Criminal Justice. Most likely I will have two semesters left prior to graduation. The help received from Kids' Chance and their gracious sponsors are directly responsible for that. I wish to express my gratitude and heartfelt thanks for all that you have done for my family and me throughout the years.

Hope all have a great Holiday Season and a healthy New Year!

Best Wishes,
Ryan
Cabrini College


Dear Kids’ Chance and The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP

Picture of MarlyI would like to thank Kids’ Chance and The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP for awarding me The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP Scholarship grant in the amount of $2500. I first became eligible for a Kids’ Chance scholarship in the academic school year of 2010-2011, my first year of college. After, my father was injured in a work-related trucking accident. Kids’ Chance helped me greatly in my first year of college with a scholarship for $2000. I used the scholarship to pay for books and other school expenses. Sadly a year ago on September 10, 2010, my father passed away from later complications related to his work accident. Therefore, I have a greater need of financial assistance for the 2011-2012 academic school year. The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP Scholarship will play an important role in my education for the school year. This scholarship will help me to achieve the academic goals for which I strive by assisting me in paying for books and other school expenses such as tuition. Again, I would like to say thank you to Kids’ Chance, The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP, and everyone who helps to make scholarships such as mine possible because without them my educational dreams would not be possible.

Sincerely Yours,
Marly
Mount Aloysius College


Dear Kids’ Chance:

Picture of JonathanCurrently, I am enrolled in the Honors Program at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and I am majoring in English, with the possibility of a double degree in Accounting, with the hopes of entering Law School. I was elected to be our dorms floor monitor and I have joined the Rugby team. I am eligible to an academic scholarship and need to maintain a 3.3 grade point average. I need to keep focused on my studies to maintain my academic scholarship.

I am currently enrolled in a variety of general education classes, and one English class required for my major. I am in Short Fiction, which is an English class for my major, World Civilization, Physics, Honors Colloquium, and French.

Kids’ Chance grant has made it possible for me and my sister to attend college and not cause extra financial stress and worry to my family especially now with two children in college. The grant funds will also help provide me the opportunity to concentrate on my studies and not worry about where I can come up with the additional money to pay for books and tuition. My father’s accident occurred in 2007 and he struggles daily with headaches and dizziness due to the head injury he suffered when he was hit by a railroad coal car. However, my father continues to stay positive and work hard towards his recovery. I have learned a lot from my dad about the importance of how having a positive attitude can improve how you handle tough situations in your life.

I am very grateful for your organizations generosity and support to my sister and myself.

Jonathan
University of Buffalo, SUNY


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Picture of RachelI am so grateful to Kids’ Chance and The Hoover Rehabilitation Services for helping me pursue my college aspirations. This scholarship is going to help me pay for my expenses at The University of Pittsburgh. I am currently a junior at The University of Pittsburgh studying psychology and anthropology. For the past two years I received a scholarship from Kid’s Chance of PA I would like to thank Kid’s Chance for their continued generosity and express my appreciation for their help for my education.

My father’s accident happened in December 2007 and he is having some difficulty relating to that accident. He worked at the Bellefield Boiler Plant for 29 years so it was a great disappointment and a huge adjustment he, as well as our family, had to make after he could no longer work. My father was crushed by a railroad coal car at the Bellefield Boiler Plant. A fellow employee was using a locomotive to push the coal car loaded with coal into the building to unload. He was not aware that my father was on the track and hit him and continued pushing the coal car on the track pinning my father and causing him to spin around and became crushed by the car against the guide rails and wall of the building. He suffered bilateral pelvic fractures along with nerve damage in the left leg and a concussion. With injuries as severe as this, he has some lasting effects even after these years of recovery.

Since the accident, my father still worries about the future. He has gotten a wage settlement and his medical issues were resolved in January of 2011. To help him cope and manage his anxiety, he is continuing to see a psychologist. I am so grateful that my father survived his horrible accident and his injuries were not as bad as they could have been, but it still is an adjustment seeing him not as his full self. I love him very much and am proud of all his hard work to get better. After I complete my undergraduate degree, I am hoping to attend graduate school to receive my Masters of Occupational Therapy. The occupational therapists helped my dad a lot during his recovery and I believe I could do a great deal to help others with this career.

Rachel
University of Pittsburgh


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania and Impairment Management Alliance,

Picture of BreaIt is my great honor to be one of the lucky recipients of a Kids’ Chance scholarship this 2011-2012 school year. As a Physician Assistant student, I know how important school is to my future. Without this scholarship, my journey at Seton Hill University would not be nearly as possible.

I came to be eligible for a Kids’ Chance scholarship because of my mother’s chronic disability. She suffered a fall when I was ten which caused her to not only be unable to work, but to undergo multiple surgeries. These surgeries caused her to contract a serious autoimmune illness that changed my mother’s lifestyle entirely. Due to her sudden inability to work, chaperone my sister’s and my field trips, take us to the zoo, even grocery shop, my mother developed serious depression. As a child growing up with a chronically ill and depressed mother, I have an insider’s view on what serious illnesses such as these can cause.

Although my mother’s illness contributed to a stressful childhood, one in which I had to mature before my age, it also allowed me to become certain that I wanted to hold a profession in the medical field. Since only my father can work, and our household income is minimal, Kids’ Chance of Pa has allowed me to fulfill my childhood dreams of becoming a medical professional. As previously stated, I am enrolled as a junior at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. I am a Seton Hill cheerleader for the third year, and I work in the emergency department at Latrobe, Frick, and Westmoreland Hospitals documenting patients’ charts. I currently hold a 3.8 GPA and have been lucky enough to make it on the Dean’s List.

Sometimes it is funny how things work out, but I know that becoming a Physician Assistant is what I am supposed to be. I love every moment of it, and I have Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania to thank.

Sincerely,
Brea
Seton Hill


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Picture of MatthewWhen I was younger my mother began have arm problems from her job as a court stenographer. Many doctors didn’t know what was wrong and they still don’t. After multiple surgeries the condition that is best described as thoracic outlet syndrome with bilateral peripheral neuropathies. Has forced her into an early retirement which sound great but when one is not physically capable of doing many average tasks that many people including myself take for granite the life of early retirement doesn’t seem so grand.

I guess my story is a little ironic because my mother condition that doesn’t let her do much physically is the reason that I can still do everything I do physically. I am on the track team at Bloomsburg University and this scholarship from Kids’ Chance is the reason that I can continue my track and field experience. That’s what makes my story ironic, that my mother condition that limits her is the reason I am able to get this scholarship that doesn’t limit me by forcing me into a part time or work study job that would lessen my participation in other areas.

I am a junior exercise science student at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. I have been looking into internships that I will do my senior year and am excited for when I get to work my way into the real world. I run the decathlon and also pole vault for the Bloomsburg University track team and was a captain as a sophomore and hope to be a captain again this year. I also play intermural volleyball and basketball. In the free time I volunteer at a food bank that is near my house preparing and handing out food.

Thank you for the scholarship money that I have received from the Kids’ Chance Organization of Pennsylvania over my freshman, sophomore and now junior year at Bloomsburg University. This scholarship has made my college experience so much better. Thank you again.

Sincerely,
Matthew
Bloomsburg University


Dear Suzanne Emmet,

Picture of JobinHello my name is Jobin. I am the recipient of one of your scholarships. I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this great honor that I have received from Kids' Chance. I came to be eligible for the scholarship because of the hard work I put forth onto my academics. I always wanted to succeed and be the best that I can be no matter what obstacles were in front of me.

I assure that this reward will not be wasted away. This motivates to do my very best because it reminds me that I have people who are putting their trust in me to do my very best. The importance of this scholarship helps me financially and also emotionally because I feel like I am getting closer to achieving my dreams as a student.

So I like to thank you once again for this great honor.

Sincerely,
Jobin
Shepherd University


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

First and Foremost, I would like to thank you for awarding me a scholarship! This scholarship allows me the opportunity to further my education and to become a productive member of today's society. Since I am going into the field of education, there are many outside expenses that come along with my senior year. This fall, I will have three weeks of field experience in an a special education setting. In this setting, the money will allow me to purchase supplies to help in the use of bettering the academic lives of the students I come in contact with. I will purchase special prizes, projects and so much more. Also, it will help in the travel expenses back and forth from the University to the placement. Also, it will help in the same ways with my Student teaching in the spring.

The money has helped me in so many ways and my future will be greatly impacted by the generous scholarship. Also, I currently have a 4.0 this semester and working hard towards graduation this spring.

I am eligible for the scholarship because my father was an EMT in our local area. While transporting a patient, the backboard cracked and he suffered major back injuries as a result. He was no longer able to work and support me in college. My parents and I are so very thankful because the money helps me to get an education!!

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart!!

Tiffany
Slippery Rock University


Dear Kids’ Chance Directors,

I would once again like to thank you for awarding me a scholarship. It has been a great assistance to me and my family, as the cost for college is very expensive these days. I am doing well, and am quite happy to be home with my family for the holidays.

My fall semester was a successful one. As a pre-law major, my schedule contained law, politics, and communication classes. These classes were very interesting to me and I learned new things everyday in them. I had many opportunities for hands-on learning in my classes.

One such opportunity I found interesting was a research project that I did in my nonverbal communication class where three other students and I examined the body language of sports teams and analyzed how cohesive the team members were based upon their nonverbal behaviors. As a member of my school’s football team, I examined my own team playing against Gettysburg College. Since I would be on the field playing, the other members of my group videotaped the game so that we could view the game as an entire group. As a result of our work, we found that our team displayed much more cohesion based on the body movements, gestures, physical touch, and physical space when compared to Gettysburg. The results were interesting to us already, because Gettysburg was a much better team record-wise. But it became even more interesting when Gettysburg’s football coach mentioned to our head coach a week after the game how focused and tightly-bound we were as a team. He had not known of our study and this was solely based upon watching our behavior during the game film from that week. This was very surprising and fulfilling to me and my classmates.

In the upcoming semester I plan on taking the same type of courses that I did in the fall. I am also planning on studying abroad this summer in Africa, and will begin meeting this spring with the professor and students that will be accompanying me there. I am so excited for this trip, I know it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I had a wonderful time playing football this season. As a junior linebacker, and one of the older players on the defense, I had the opportunity to be a leader and help the underclassmen. We ended well, defeating our rival Susquehanna for the first time in five years. Our rivalry is a heated one, and a victory means receiving one of the oldest trophies in NCAA history: The Goalpost Trophy. It was exciting to bring this trophy back to Juniata College, and we were even in USA Today for our big win.

I have had many great experiences this year, and I would not have been able to have them without your help. I have met so many wonderful people and had unforgettable times throughout my life in college. I thank you all so much for what you have done, and I hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

With sincere thanks,
Noah
Juniata College


Dear Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of JacobI cannot begin to thank you enough for granting me the Kid’s Chance Scholarship Award. Receiving it has made my dream of going to college a reality. At first, paying for college looked like an impossible goal, but thanks to Kid’s Chance, I am one step closer to achieving it. It has taken a large amount of the stress off of my financial situation.

My dad was injured on the job and is permanently disabled. Kid’s chance, in a way, stepped in and helped me in a way that no one else could. I am currently attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

It means so much to me that I was awarded with this scholarship. Kid’s Chance has been a huge part of my success and drive to persevere with my ultimate academic goal.

Thank you.

Jacob
Liberty University


To Whom It May Concern,

Hello, my name is Brittany and this fall I was notified that for the third year in a row I would be awarded your wonderful scholarship. I cannot express how grateful I am that your organization exists, for if it did not I am not sure whether or not I would be able to attend college. A few years ago my parents and I were affected dramatically when my father was hurt while in the oil fields. As a child I always thought of my dad as superman and never thought he could be hurt for a long period of time let alone affect him to the point where he could not work. After having both shoulders repaired and a painful neck surgery, my father is nowhere near the point of strength he used to be. I think it is great that you have created a fund where students are affected by accidents on the job. I truly believe every human deserves the chance to a higher education and you are giving one of the greatest opportunities for students who may not financially afford the education they long to obtain. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities your scholarship has given me and all of the other recipients. Your organization helps more than just the students, but the parents and family members who hope for a successful future for their children. Thank you again.

Brittany


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of BrittanyI have to start off my saying thank you because for the last three years you have made it so much easier for me to attend school. I became eligible for this scholarship when I was in 12th grade in high school because my father. In receiving this award for the last three years. The money I have received is amazing and has helped me out tremendously. I can never say thank you enough for awarding me this scholarship.

I am in my third year now of college at Penn State Altoona and my major is still Psychology. I have changed my mind a little bit on what I want to do with my degree because there is a lot you can do with Psychology. I still want to deal with drugs and alcohol and I'm not so sure any more about the sexual abuse I feel that I really want to make a difference and help people through a really hard time in their life but I don't know if that field sexual abuse is for me. That's why I plan to try to do my internship in a hospital or a rehab center so I get a mix of both and can truly decide if that's what I want to do. On the thought of internships it's coming up fast for me I will start getting ready for mine next semester and finding where I would want to go and how I want to go about finding time to do it with being a full time student and being involved in school. I'll figure it out though and the school with help me with places that I could possibly go to and do my internship. This semester so far is crazy busy and I love always having something to do. I'm the secretary of Psych Club and was just recently nominated to hold an office position for the Honor Society Psi Chi that I'm in. My goal is to be as active in school as I can without over doing it and having fun. My goal this semester is to still be on the Dean's lists and really enjoy my last two years of college before grad school starts.

I am truly grateful for be awarded this scholarship it is an honor and I am just so thankful.

Thank you so much,
Brittany
Penn State – Altoona


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania, Inc.,

Picture of CorinnaI applied to this organization due to the fact that my father has had several medical disabilities within the last several years that have prevented him from working and staying at home. Currently, my father is at the Harmon House in Mount Pleasant due to a severe stroke he had in July of 2011. He can not do anything by himself, he requires two nurses to help him go to the bathroom, eat, etc. Before the most recent stroke, he was diagnosed with type II diabetes, had a pacemaker put in, several strokes and heart attacks, broke his hip while working, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and also had his one foot amputated due to gangrene. These are just some of the problems he has had that would have prevented me from going to Saint Vincent College, in which I am a current freshman. As of right now, I am a double-major in Management and Psychology and a minor in Special Addictions Training. I chose those subjects because I want to be able to help and assist others who have problems and need someone there for them, to see a better day.

This scholarship I received is helping me attend my school and work harder towards my goals. If I did not receive this scholarship, it would have been rather difficult to attend school due to the financial problems we are having because of my father and his most recent medical issue. I wanted to take the time to thank everyone that has helped with the decision making process of my application. I also want to thank those who have decided that I am worthy of receiving this award. I am honored and relieved that I am able to attend school without worrying about the financial problems that might have occurred if I did not receive this scholarship.

Thank you again for your time and the scholarship.

Sincerely,
Corinna
Saint Vincent College


Hello Kids' Chance!

Picture of CharlieI wanted to say thank you extremely much for giving me the chance again to be able to have the chance to follow my dreams! Without Kids' Chance I would've never been able to get to my third year of college. I am very thankful for having Kids' Chance behind me so I can reach my dreams. I enjoy going to Lebanon Valley College more than anyone could ever imagine! This school is my home now and when I go back to my real house I feel that LVC has became my home and I really never want to leave. I know without Kids' Chances help I could never even have the chase to come here. With having the help I've got into a wonderful major, Sociology, and have got wonderful professors that help me whenever I ask them to help me. I've made friends that have I know I will always be friends with. Even after graduation and years down the road. I know because of LVC I have got a great education and amazing friends.

I know in the world and in day to day life the behind the scene guy they don't get much credit for really anything. I know this daily because being the football manager I do a lot of work even the football players and the student body doesn't see. Just as when you go to college your parents get the credit that you go to college. But truly though it all depends on your college help. In this case I have Kids' Chance as my behind the scenes help. I want to thank them very much but I also want to let people know that I couldn't have done it without them. So they shouldn't be behind the scenes anymore. People should know who helped me through college and made my dreams possible!

With having Kids' Chance on my side and giving me another chance for a great school year. This is what I will be doing this junior school year. This fall I am going to take fifteen credits, swim on the varsity swim team, and work my job full time as the varsity football manager. With my classes I have a heavy load but the classes with the professors here at LVC makes it enjoyable. I really enjoy going to class because of the professors they make it fun to actually come and learn. The subjects are also fun to learn about too, there not like the normal math and writing. With doing two extra things besides school it takes a lot of time. With swimming I've done this for all three years of college. I love being part of a team and being able to help LVC win against other schools. Also, I have a coach that is extremely understanding if I have school work that needs to be done. She makes me go do my school work first before I can even get into the pool. I really like that as a coach she understands winning is nice but were all student athletes. With my football job I love this job so very much! I am with them more than my swim team at the start of the year. I go to every practice (for varsity and JV), go to both their games and do extra stuff around the area that the coaches need help with. I enjoying being involved with another team to see them succeed and being with a sport I love almost as much as my own sport. During the fall semester that is what I am doing seven days a week. This keeps me very busy. I love every moment of me busy all the time.

This spring semester is going to be a little different than any other semester I am going to do. I'd be glad to tell you that I have applied to for an internship down in Florida at Disney World. I have been in the process of applying. It's a long processes and after nine long steps I got accepted to the program! I am excited to tell you from Jan-June I will be down in Florida working for Disney to get great experience for the real working world and also take this chance of a life time. I just want to tell you of what I will be doing down there. Once I get down there I will be holding twelve maybe more credits back at LVC for taking an internship. I will be working at what job Disney puts me at. That job will be 30-50 hours a week and I will be also taking a class on top of that down there. Yes, I will be missing a semester up here at LVC, but I will still be graduating on time. I made sure of this before I even agreed to take the internship.

Last off, I know with taking this internship it will change a lot of things. I will miss my end of swim season, campus life, my friends, and family. For a great once in a life time chance I couldn't say no. I know my dad will miss me very much. I just hope this choice is the right one. I know my dad has been trying extremely hard for me to stay here at LVC. With all his surgeries and them not letting him be able to work. It's been really hard for me to be able to go here and for him to come up with just enjoy for me to go here. I know without Kids' Chance helping us out I know I would've never got close to doing both my dreams I've thought about since I was young. Go to college and work at Disney! Thank you for listening to my glimpse of my junior year. I know I am excited to see what the year brings me, but before I can get excited about any of that. I have to keep doing what I do everyday. Grades first so I can graduate and get out and help people, and then my sports and fun. Thank you again for all your help you've gave me in these last three years. I can't say enough how much me and my family appreciate the help!

Have a wonderful day!

Charlie
Lebanon Valley College


Dear Ms. Emmet:

Picture of KaylaThank you and the entire Kids' Chance of PA organization for again bestowing on me the honor of receiving one of your scholarships. This funding is such a blessing in helping me attend Slippery Rock University. With the cost of tuition increasing each year, I know that this scholarship not only helps me financially, but may alleviate some of the guilt my father feels for not being physically able to work since 2008 due to a work related injury.

I am completing my third semester at Slippery Rock and things are going extremely well. I will be changing my major to Exercise Science for the spring semester in hopes of attending graduate school for physical therapy. I am excited by this move and feel it will be a better fit for me than Forensic Chemistry. I have joined a few volunteer organizations on campus this year and continue to work part-time on weekends. The financial help that I have received from your organization helps me keep my work hours manageable so that my studies can take priority.

I am extremely grateful for your organization and their continued support of my academic endeavors. Thank you again.

Sincerely,
Kayla
Slippery Rock University


Picture of LindseyI would like to thank the people of Kids' Chance for helping me pursue my college degree. The scholarship that I have received will help me continue my education in getting my AA degree at IRSC and then further my education on getting majors in Marine Biology and Zoology also a minor in Psychology. My goal is to work with any kind of animals whether it is a marine or a land animal. I would like to get into Psychology to be able to train them. I do not mean train them to be in a zoo or anything like that since I believe they should not be in captivity but to be able to rehabilitate them to be released back into the wild if possible. I do not know exactly when I will graduate but I do know I will do as much schooling as I have to do to reach my goals.

My father's injury, which happened in 1989, has changed our family's lives and without the help of Kids' Chance Scholarship college would be more of a burden on my family especially since I have an older sister in college also.

This year I am currently not involved in any organizations on or off campus. This semester at least I am trying to be completely dedicated to my schooling.

Lindsey


To whom it may concern,

Picture of ValThere are, among many aspects in life, few that truly act in guiding an individual to define themselves. For some, it is proclaimed self discovery, or the attachment to a popular item or topic. Yet, it remains that for some individuals, the key to true self discovery and a sense of perception lies within finding passion in the glory, the horrors and the legacy of the past. I feel that I am among these.

Because of this, I found it a necessary life choice to pursue education in the historical field of study, and what better place to do so than at Gettysburg College, located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, an academically rigorous school with great professors, opportunities and friends!

Besides enjoying the opportunity to study under some of the most acclaimed American Civil War historians and to broaden my knowledge base at various local historical societies, I am able to continue in my musical interests and have finally found the opportunity to try my hand at Civil War reenacting. At Gettysburg College, I have found a fantastic balance of academia and the opportunity to pursue my favorite activities.

However, after my mother was no longer able to work after injuring her spine at work, a great financial strain crept into our lives and took over our household. At the same time, the tuition rate at Gettysburg went up approximately $2,000, leaving me in an uncomfortable situation – I could not return to campus until it was paid off, and mandatory band camp was quickly approaching. Upon making arrangements to return, I was worried about what would happen the next time tuition rose? Would I have to leave my studies and friends?

After discovering the Kids' Chance of PA scholarship, I immediately felt that I met the requirements to be a recipient. The scholarship money would be more than useful in contributing to necessary books and tuition differences.

For college students, the importance of a quality education is more than just essential for their learning, but is also necessary to allow that same student to grow as an individual and to be prepared for life after college. Through Kids’ Chance of PA I am one step closer to completing my education financially. For this I am truly deeply grateful and am reassured to know that programs such as this are in existence. If we continue to support and help to finance today’s young adults, we are not only helping students but ensuring a promising future.

Again, I thank you all for your support and for being selected as a Kids' Chance of PA scholarship recipient.

Sincerely,
Val
Gettysburg College


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of AnneI became eligible for a Kid’s Chance scholarship when my father was injured while working in bridge construction; he had 4 surgeries to attempt to fix nerve damage in both of his arms. His place of work used this restriction to fire my father from his position as bridge carpenter, claiming he could not perform his job. The following year was very difficult for my family while AFSCME, the union, fought to help my father get his job back. In the end, he was hired back as a maintenance worker. This job offers no overtime work, which was a significant source of my families’ income every year. To this day, my father is still trying to get back to a job in construction.

The day we got the letter from Kid’s Chance my family was ecstatic. With the help of Kid’s Chance, I am now able to work less, and focus on my studies much more. I have had an absolutely amazing time at Mount Aloysius College studying Education, and my first semester was a success! I am about to start my second semester and I’m so excited to see what it brings for me. The experiences of college are so fulfilling and I’ve worked with so many amazing children who have really made an impact on my life. I am excited to see what the future brings for me, and without Kid’s Chance, continuing my education beyond high school would not have been possible for me! Kid’s Chance is a dream come true!

With Sincere Thanks,
Anne
Mount Aloysius College


To whom it may concern,

Picture of JoelleI just wanted to once again thank Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania for supporting me throughout my college experience. I will soon be entering my final semester at Loyola University Maryland and I could not have arrived at this moment without the generous support from Kids’ Chance. While in eighth grade my father was in a near fatal accident at work. With the grace of God he survived the accident but hasn’t been able to return to work. I remember thinking that I may not be able to attend college because of the financial burden—which is a thought that no one, especially not a fourteen year old, should ever have to be concerned with. But here I am, almost eight year later, and I have succeeded in my academic career because other men and women were willing to support me. My family and I are forever in debt to Kid’s Chance.

This semester I was invited to take the Senior Honors English Seminar and at the end of the semester I was able to maintain a 3.8 GPA. I am once again a Resident Assistant for a first-year residence hall and I am in my second year as co-president of the Take Back the Night Committee. I have gained priceless skills and experiences at Loyola and it will be a bittersweet experience walking across the stage this coming may.

In a few short months I hope to graduate cum laude with a Bachelors of Art and degree in English, and I already have plans to continue my education. I am already enrolled in the Loyola University Maryland Masters of Arts in Teaching program and once I graduate with my Masters I will begin to serve the community through teaching.

In gratitude,
Joelle
Loyola University Maryland


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of JaisaMy name Is Jaisa. I am a freshman majoring in Interior Design at Mercyhurst College. I became eligible for this scholarship because of my mother. She suffered a fall when I was eight years old which caused her to not only be unable to work, but to undergo multiple surgeries. These surgeries caused her to contract a serious autoimmune illness that changed my mother’s lifestyle entirely. Due to her sudden inability to work and care for her family the way she had for the past ten years, she developed serious depression.

My sister and I were both forced to mature at a very early age. Even though my childhood was stressful I have learned to be more responsible and grateful for any bit of help I receive. This scholarship money has not only helped me attend such an esteemed school but has also helped me get closer to achieving my dreams. Kids' Chance has also provided some financial relief for my family each time the tuition bill arrives in the mail.

I cannot even begin to describe how thankful I am for the opportunity to go to the college of my dreams. Thank you very much for making it possible for me to continue my education and have a better life. It means so much to me and my family. Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Jaisa
Mercyhurst College


To the wonderful people who work with Kids’ Chance,

Picture of JessicaHello, I recently received a scholarship from Kids’ Chance. This scholarship came as the happiest surprise as I started my third year at The Ohio State University. Your gift not only financially assists me, but honestly helps make my dreams come true. To this I want to offer my deepest thanks. I cannot put into words how grateful I am, but I want you to know that you have made a significant impact on my life and every part of my future.

When I was seven years old, my father was killed in a logging accident while he was at work. I live with the tragedy everyday by doing the things that would make my dad proud, and by trying my best to live up to his name. I can think of no better way than by pursuing my most desired goals at the greatest university in the country. I could not be happier as I explore all the wonderful opportunities and organizations that I can get involved in, and excel in courses that lead me to a degree in Animal Sciences. Next summer I will apply to schools of veterinary medicine and continue my education until I receive a doctor of veterinary medicine and a license to practice as a veterinarian.

Now I have the means and security to pursue my goals and I have you to thank for that. My education will continue and I know that my dad is proud of me. Thank you for making all of this possible. You change my life and give me the support to be ambitious and reach my fullest potential.

My greatest thanks,
Jessica
The Ohio State University

Letters from 2010-2011 Scholarship Recipients

Dear Kids' Chance:

Picture of Brandon StoneI wanted to take a moment and say thank you for the generous scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year. This scholarship has helped to make my freshman year at Misericordia University possible. I am beginning my busy schedule which includes: Eng. 102, Calculus, Chemistry, FYE, Computer Technology, and sociology. As the semester unfolds I will update your organization with any clubs or organizations that I have become a member of.

Once again, thank you for helping to make this opportunity possible.

Brandon
Misericordia University


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of Carlye LauffI cannot begin to express how your scholarship has helped to change my life. This scholarship has taken the weight off my family's shoulders in providing me with a college education at a more reasonable cost.

I could go on and on about how this scholarship has changed my life and helped my family, but I am sure you would rather learn more about myself and all I have accomplished this year.

I am currently a sophomore at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park studying Mechanical Engineering. I also am pursuing a minor in Engineering Leadership Development. I interned at GE Transportation last summer as a Service Productivity Intern and I will be interning with Boeing this summer as an Interior Design Engineer intern. I am an avid member of the Society of Women Engineers as the Director of Recruitment and I traveled to Orlando, Florida this fall for National Conference.

I am highly involved with the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon at Penn State that directly supports The Four Diamonds Fund to help families with pediatric cancer. I enjoy volunteering and at school I am able to tutor students in calculus courses, give time at Habitat for Humanity, and volunteer through Big Brother Big Sisters.

All the opportunities that Penn State has given me are part thanks to you as well! You are part of the reason I can attend Penn State, and none of these amazing opportunities would be a reality without you! A day never goes by that I do not thank you for your support.

Thank you,
Carlye
Pennsylvania State University in University Park


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania & The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP

First of all I would like to apologize for not getting this to you sooner. On the letter I wrote to you enclosed with the 2010-2011 application I was not sure if I would be eligible because my father was working on and off but has had numerous problems. In the end of that letter I had stated that you would never begin to imagine how much it would be appreciated if you could help me achieve my goals. Imagine, that's a dream that came true, not only did you help me I was awarded the Chartwell Law Office, LLP scholarship award. When I opened this letter I was afraid that I would not receive an award for it seemed so late in the year and I hadn't heard from you, and I didn't have enough money to go on. I couldn't believe what I was reading. I was so relieved and happy!

And yet not only to receive a scholarship, but the Chartwell Law Office, LLP scholarship award was unbelievable!!!! Their scholarship has made a tremendous difference in my life. Like I said I didn't have enough to go on and this scholarship made all the difference in the world for me. I am so grateful for the generosity of Kids' Chance and the Chartwell Law Offices for the past 4 years and helping me to achieve my academic goals. I have been really busy with school for it has been very demanding of my time. I am currently a senior at the University of Pittsburgh maintaining a 3.5 GPA and will be graduating in May of this year. I have currently been applying to graduate schools for my major, which is Speech Pathology. Hopefully I will be accepted into Pitt, but if not I will continue elsewhere. Once again I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for without you I don't know where I would be.

Again I would like to say thank you once again, for you have granted me so many opportunities that I would not have had if it were not for your generous scholarship. Thanks to you I have been able to complete two years of my college education, and make myself, my parents, and my family very proud of my accomplishments.

Sincerely,
Cassandra
University of Pittsburgh


Dear Kids' Chance of PA,

Hi, I'm Jessica. I attend The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio because the people of Kids' Chance and the ACE Charitable Foundation made my dreams not only possible but alive and true and a part of my life. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate what you have done for me. My future is brighter because of what you have awarded me, now I can focus on school and studies instead of financial issues. I love Ohio State, it is the only school where I can imagine myself, and here I can focus on becoming a veterinarian with the help that I need. When I was seven years old my father was killed in a logging accident. My brother and mother spent the next years struggling, but we made it through. College has always been a dream for me that both of my parents pushed me toward, wishing me to be the first student from our family. Financially my family cannot support my college career, and you took the worry away from my family. If my father could say it, I know he would be so proud of me. Thank you for giving me the chance to say those words. It means so much to me, and I will be forever grateful. When I opened my letter, my happiness cannot be described; the last few weeks had been spent in worry over where I was going to obtain the money for my next year, and like a blessing your letter took that worry away. Now I am at my second year at Ohio State, with an Animal Sciences major. I am taking organic chemistry, physics, biology, and economics. The classes take a lot of time but I love every second of it.

Thank you for everything you have done for me!

Sincerely,
Jessica
The Ohio State University


To whom it may concern,

Picture of Joelle SanphyI would like to thank Kids' Chance and the ACE Charitable Foundation for providing me with the chance to receive a college degree. Without the financial support of Kids' Chance, my dreams of graduating from college with a degree in English would not be possible. I am now in my Junior year at Loyola University Maryland and for the past three years Kids' Chance has allowed me to have the college experiences I dreamed about when I was a child.

Almost seven years ago my father was in an accident at work. By the grace of God my father managed to survive the accident but he sustained multiple severe injuries. Since the accident my father has been unable to return to work. There was a time in my life when I was worried that I wouldn't be able to attend the college I most desired. I felt guilty for asking my parents to assist me with my college expenses, but with the help of Kids' Chance the financial burden of receiving a college education has decreased. No words can describe how grateful I am towards the members of Kids' Chance. The scholarship I have received allows me to do the things I love the most, and there was a time in my life when I didn't think that would be possible.

After I graduate from Loyola University Maryland, I plan on getting a Master of Arts in Teaching and then using my degrees to teach in a high school students. Education has always been a major factor in my life and I hope to one day inspire students in the classroom to learn more than what their textbooks tell them.

Kids' Chance is unlike any other scholarship program and because of the help and generosity of Kids' Chance and the ACE Charitable Foundation I am able to attend the school of my dreams.

Thank you,
Joelle
Loyola University Maryland


Dear Ms. Emmet:

Picture of Kyle KurtekI would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the members of the Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania Scholarship Committee and the Universal SmartComp Scholarship Program for the very generous scholarship award I recently received.

In April of 1993, my father sustained a life altering back injury at a Rite Aid Store, where he was a District Supervisor. He's had spinal fusion surgery, but is disabled due to this injury. My mother works full time as a secretary; and is able to carry our health insurance. She is currently in remission from breast cancer and we are very grateful for her present good health. My family and I are extremely grateful for all the financial help your organizations have given both myself and my two brothers over the past several years. With the loss of my father's income, it would have been a greater financial burden for our family without your generous scholarships.

I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg University; and will graduate in December of 2010 with a degree in Exercise Science. I have just completed an internship over the summer with the Schuylkill Medical Center, our local hospital, in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit. I feel very strongly that this is the area where I wish to seek employment.

My older brothers, Stephen and Garrett, are both college graduates, thanks to your kindness. Stephen is a Behavior Specialist and works with Autistic children at our local Intermediate Unit. Garrett is a fourth grade teacher. I am grateful that I will join my brothers as a college graduate; and am attaching a picture of myself at Bloomsburg University, as you requested.

Again, thank you very much for all Kids' Chance and Universal SmartComp Scholarship Program have done to help me complete my education.

Sincerely,
Kyle
Bloomsburg University


Dear Kids' Chance of PA,

Picture of Rachel SexauerI can't thank Kids' Chance enough for the help they have given me to fulfill my dreams at college. I recently finished my first semester at the University of Pittsburgh after transferring there from Clarion University this year. My first semester went very well and I am looking forward to my upcoming spring semester and the new classes. I have also decided on a career in occupational therapy, so the classes I will be taking will help me prepare for my future. All I can say is thank you to Kids' Chance for giving me the opportunity to reach my goals for my future and I couldn't have done it without you.

Rachel
University of Pittsburgh


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of Samantha TurkI would like to thank you so much for awarding me the Kids' Chance/ ACE Charitable Foundation Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. Because of your generosity I can continue my education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

I am now in my fourth professional year of pharmacy school and am still keeping busy with the pharmacy world. Recently I volunteered at an undeserved clinic where I took patient's blood pressures and counseled them on their medications. Also, I am still involved with Kappa Psi a pharmaceutical fraternity as Rush Chair.

My family and I are very grateful to Kids' Chance for the awarding me a scholarship again. I am truly blessed to have found an organization that is willing to help students further their education. Without this scholarship I would not be able to reach my goal of becoming a pharmacist and I thank you so much for allowing me to achieve my dream.

Thank you so much,
Samantha
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy


Dear Ms. Emmet,

Photo of Charlie RobinsonFirst off I want to say I am very sorry this is so late. My life this year is extremely crazy. To get a picture with all my football coaches at once took me just this week to get it. It's mid season and already it's crazy. Let me tell you though. WOW. Thank you so much just like last year. This award is a big breath of fresh air. Well, once, again during the past school year 2009-2010, my dad had yet another surgery, they had to replace his left knee. Dad kept telling me that the Lord would get us both through this and provide the funds for me to keep my college dream alive.

Last year Kids' Chance took a chance with me and I am so very grateful. This past year I swam for the Varsity team and I did so many things in the pool I never thought possible. It was such a great life and year from great friends to wonderful education that I am getting here at Lebanon Valley. All I know is if it wasn't for Kids' Chance I would be stuck at home with no college and no long life goals to try to reach.

Now, this year, I am very loaded with full load of classes, but I also am on the swim team still. This year I am the football manager. I really enjoy the college life, and now I am reaching out to help others, in a way that I know I can be a use to. With being the manager this helps me get a step closer to know what I want to become down the road.

Finally, without this scholarship, my dream would come to an end. I know how my dad has tried to get well, and return to work to put me through college. Once again, he has been told he will never be able to return to work and is forced to need yet another surgery. When he heard the news you decided to help me once again, I could see in his eyes a big sigh of relief.

Once, again THANK YOU so much! I can be able to go to my college, do the sport I love, work with the best football team and coaches. Get closer to my major and not worry about if I will be able to come back the next semester.

Sincerely,
Charlie
Lebanon Valley College


Picture of Kevin RollandDear Kids' Chance,

Thank you for your generous scholarship. It will surely help me and my family in our time of need. I plan to help ease the burden on myself and my family by using the money for both tuition and for textbooks that I will need in these coming months. Again, thank you for your generosity. I hope to accomplish much and you have helped me along the way.

Sincerely,
Kevin
Widener University


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of Samantha KeiserSince 2007 you have had a huge impact on my success in college. As I was searching for colleges and preparing for the next step of my life, my family and I always had the burden of wondering how we would be able to afford my college education since my dad can only hold a part time job since his accident in 2000.

The accident which left my dad in the condition he is in now occurred while he was at work as a mechanic. He had been working alongside my grandfather on a broke down truck along the interstate when a tractor trailer came by side swiping them both and leaving my dad in critical condition. He suffered many serious injuries including degloving of the back, some head injuries, and the crushing of both of his legs. While his recovery was long and hard, he was able to keep both of his legs and recover from all injuries while still learning to walk again. His recovery process will be never ending because of continuous surgeries that will be needed to fix things that are still not 100%, but he is doing amazing. His condition will never be the same as it was before the accident, and he will never be able to do the same kind of work he did before either, which has really put a burden on the family finances. My mom works a full time job, and my dad can only hold a part time one now which makes it very hard for them to support both my sister and I while I am attending school, but thanks to your scholarship which you have been so generous to offer me for the past four years, both my family and I have been able to breathe a little easier when it comes to the financial aspects of my education.

I am now entering my senior year at Albright College, and I couldn't be happier. My journey as a Psychology major and an Albright student will come to an end as I graduate this May. Therefore I'd like to thank you once again for being so generous. Your help has changed my life in so many ways and I truly appreciate it!

Thank You,
Samantha
Albright College


Dear Kids' Chance of PA,

Picture of Samantha PowersI would like to thank you again for your continued support. Fall semester was really busy this year. I am the treasurer of the Humanitarian Hospitality Society which is a volunteer organization. We went apple picking for the food bank, tutoring with a local school, and set up activities for the children at the YWCA in Wilmington. Our big project for the semester was holding a clothing drive for children in the Dominican Republic and South Africa. (http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2011/dec/clothing-drive-122010.html).

During this semester I also got a job working with the Admissions office at the University of Delaware. At the end of the semester I got Straight A's. This winter I will have an internship with the Delaware Department of Justice working with victims/witnesses of crime. Next spring will be my last semester as an undergraduate. I am Applying to Wilmington University for graduate school and want a degree I the Administration of Human Services. I'm really grateful that I have made it this far and I know I would not be here without the support of Kids' Chance of PA.

Thanks Again,
Samantha
University of Delaware


Dear Kids' Chance of PA,

Picture of Kayla ShannonThank you so much for the generous scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. I have just completed my first month as Forensic chemistry major at Slippery Rock University and find the experience challenging and exciting. Although I participated in many extracurricular activities in high school, I am concentrating on adapting to college life and my academic endeavors this first year.

Since my father's work-related injury several years ago, I have been concerned that my brother and I would not be able to afford college. Although my father had had multiple surgeries and faces more, he is so proud that both of his children are able to achieve their dreams of a college education. Without your help, this would not have been possible.

Thank you again for your generosity.

Kayla
Slippery Rock University


Dear Kids' Chance of PA,

Picture of Ryan ShannonThank you so much for the generous scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. I am in my second year of college and attend the Community College of Allegheny County majoring in Secondary Social Studies Education. Although living at home is more cost effective, there are hidden costs for transportation in addition to normal living expenses that most people don't consider. Since my goal is to transfer to a four year university, this scholarship means so much to me.

Since my father's work-related injury several years ago, I have been concerned that my sister and I would not be able to afford college. Although my father has had multiple surgeries and faces more, he is so proud that both of his children are able to achieve their dreams of a college education. Without your help, this would not have been possible.

Thank you again for your generosity.

Ryan
Community College of Allegheny County


Picture of Lydia KulinaThank you so much for facilitating my grant to attend Temple University. It was great surprise and blessing, especially in the midst of this poor economy.

I am enjoying Temple University. Currently, I am planning to declare my major in secondary education with an English concentration next semester. Due to the construct of the state's involvement in the program, the university has to make sure students attain a QPA higher than 3.0 before the declaration is finalized. I have no worries though; in the meantime, I am working hard to get my general education courses out of the way.

Temple has presented so many amazing opportunities this year; last Thursday, I was able attend a speech by Bill Clinton! I am currently involved in Cross-Walk, a student-lead religious assembly as well as a similar institution in the surrounding community. Preparations are currently in the works to audition for the university's gospel choir as well.

It is already November, and I have already begun to plan for next year. Due to its urban locality, Temple University has numerous collaborations with local area schools for internships. Plans are in the works to do after-school tutoring at a local high school in North Philadelphia. I have also been presented with the opportunity to become involved in Teach for America, a non-profit organization whose aim is providing highly qualified teachers for urban and rural localities. I am considering continuing to teach in North Philadelphia or perhaps teaching in California.

Again, thank you so much for your involvement in my education. I will continue to keep you informed of my progress and involvement as you continue to assist other students in securing grant money.

Lydia
Temple University


Picture of AmyI would like to thank the people of Kids' Chance for continuing to help me pursue my college degree. The scholarships that I have received will help me continue my education in graduating with my majors in Psychology and Political Science. My goal is to graduate in December 2011 and then move to Pittsburgh to further my education by getting my Doctorate in Psychology.

My father's injury, which happened in 1989, has changed our family's lives and without the help of Kids' Chance Scholarships college would be more of a burden on my family.

This year I am involved in organizing a women's ice hockey team at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. I am also a member of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity. In addition to out of class activities, I also have the opportunity this semester to complete an Undergraduate Research Project through the Psychology Department at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College.

Amy
Penn State Erie, the Behrend College


Kids' Chance,

Picture of BrittanySorry it has taken me so long to write this email but with school, school work and now the holidays it has been a nightmare to try and find time to sit down and write this email. First off I would like to thank your organization for the amazing opportunity to experience college without the worry and hassle of financial aid. With the help of your scholarship, I am able to focus on my studies and not have to worry about how I am going to pay for school for an entire year. I would like to thank you for granting me this scholarship two years in a row. With my dad still out of work, money has been tight all year around in every aspect and with your help of the scholarship, my parents are so grateful and appreciative that something involving finances is off the table and off their shoulders. When I look back at the time my father was injured, I now realize how lucky I am to still have him though. Recently two of my very close friends have lost a mother and a father within the past 4 months. I am truly blessed to have my dad survive his accidents, but I am also blessed that Kids' Chance is willing to help me out in my family's time of need. Thank you so much Kids' Chance!

Brittany
University of Pittsburgh - Bradford


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

Picture of NoahI would like to thank you for awarding me a scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. It was a great assistance to me and my family, as the cost for college is very expensive these days. Attending Juniata College has been such a blessing. Being a part of the Juniata community has been a wonderful and fruitful experience. I consider what Kids' Chance has done for me as a gift that keeps on giving, and I greatly appreciate what you've done for me.

During my fall semester, I took a full curriculum of pre-law, communication, and sociology classes. I also captained my school's football team at the linebacker position this season. I am involved in the Juniata Student Government as a Vice President of the Class of 2013, and I am leader for an academic mentoring program for student-athletes on campus. My achievements thus far have been possible because of your assistance.

With great thanks,
Noah
Vice President of the Class of 2013
Juniata College


Dear Kids' Chance of PA,

Picture of SamuelMy father died in March of 1991 at the age of 32 as the result of a 65 foot fall in a construction accident. That is the reason why I was eligible for this scholarship. I never had the opportunity to meet him personally because he died soon after my mom found out she was pregnant, but I always wished I could have at least talked to him. My dad always wanted to be a father. He would play games with his friends' children and help them build different school projects, etc. My mother told me how happy he was that he was going have his own child; he wanted to give me the world. He specifically talked about making my future as bright as the sun. Unfortunately, he never got his wish to assist me through my childhood and especially now when I'm older when things become more difficult in college. I am incredibly thankful to Kids' Chance for aiding me in my financial journey through college. I received enough money to buy some books and help pay for part of my tuition. This all really means a lot to mean me, and if my father were here I know he would thank you as well.

Sincerely,
Samuel
Penn State - Altoona


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of ColtonThank you so much for everything you've done to help our family by offing me a Kids' Chance scholarship. When my dad passed away in a tractor trailer accident in February 2010, my mom and I were not sure how my college plans would change because my dad was our family's sole source of income. I am now enrolled in the Radiological Science program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford partially thanks to Kids' Chance. The stress ofhow we would pay for my college education has now been relieved somewhat. This scholarship lias really revived an opportunity that I had thought was almost out of grasp. Thank you so much.

Colton
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford


Picture of DonovanKids' Chance of PA,

I would like to thank you for the Kids' Chance scholarhip.

My father died in a work related accident, and I appreciate any help I have been given.

Thank you,
Donovan
Allegheny County Community College


Dear Kids' Chance of PA. Inc,

I would like to thank you for the generous scholarship awarded to me for the 2010-2011 academic year. Your gift has made it possible to continue my studies at Cabrini College in Radnor PA., where I am a Communications Major, currently in my third year.

My father, a Union Carpenter, was in an on the job construction accident in 1997. Due to injuries sustained in the mishap he is no longer able to perform the duties associated with the trade and has been left permanently disabled. This has been a burden on the family financially. He continues to struggle to make ends meet.

The Kids' Chance Scholarship has been a great help in affording my college tuition. Continuing my matriculation would have been extremely difficult without it. Thank you very much for helping me to meet my life's goals.

Ryan
Cabrini College Student


Dear Kids' Chance,

Picture of TonciaI would like to thank you for awarding me a scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year. As a freshman, I am attending Pennsylvania College of Technology for the Physician Assistant program. On February 2nd 2010 my father, who was employed by Lamar Advertising, was changing a light bulb on a build board and was instantly killed by being electrocuted.

Since I was not valedictorian or the best athlete in high school, it was very difficult to receive any local scholarships. I greatly appreciate Kids' Chance willingness to help others and myself that have difficulties financially supporting themselves through college especially with the hardships of losing a parent.

I would especially like to thank Chris Pierson for helping me with the scholarship application!

Once again, thank-you for awarding me a scholarship.

Toncia
Pennsylvania College of Technology


Dear Kids' Chance:

Picture of MatthewI would like to thank the Kids' Chance organization for the $2000 scholarship I was awarded for my sophomore year of college. The scholarship money is being used for tuition, room and board, and books for my studies in exercise science at Bloomsburg University.

I am still competing in the pole vault and the decathlon for the Bloomsburg University track and field team. The scholarship money that I was given helps me continue my track and field career instead of taking on a part-time or work-study job.

I am most grateful for the money that I have received over my freshman and sophomore year and I thank all those involved with Kids' Chance for investing in my future.

Sincerely,
Matthew
Bloomsburg University


Dear Kids' Chance,

I would like to thank you so much for the scholarship money. Getting scholarship money helps start any school year easier. This money will help me purchase my college books including a nanocomposite book that will help with my senior project. Since I commute to school the money will also help me buy gasoline for my car.

I am currently in Plastics and Polymer Science at Pennsylvania College of Technology. I am a member of Society of Plastics Engineering (SPE). I work at Gander Mountain over 20 hours a week while taking 15 credits at college. This scholarship truly helped ease some of the financial strain and I thank you.

Sincerely,
Brennan
Pennsylvania College of Technology


To whom it may concern,

Picture of KeraMy name is Kera Reece and I have been awarded the Kids' Chance of PA scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year.

I am eligible for this scholarship because in 1994 my dad fell through a roof at his job. He was an electrician sent up onto a roof with a team of men to wire lights and lightning rods. The roof was never checked for safety, as his company and the company that owned the building assumed that the other was to take care of it. My dad and one of his co-workers were on a weak part of the new roof and it gave way underneath of them. They both fell two stories to a concrete floor below. He has made a full recovery since and has gone back to work as an Estimator for a new electrical company.

I am very pleased to have received this scholarship, as it is very helpful in offsetting the cost of college. I am hoping to graduate from the Pennsylvania State university with a degree in Psychology and the scholarship helps to defer some of the cost. I plan to pursue my Master's and my PhD, so I will be in school for many more years before I am finished, and I will have many tuition bills to pay before I am done.

Thank you once again,
Kera
Pennsylvania State University


Kids' Chance,

Picture of BrittanyHello it's me, Brittany. This semester was crazy busy for me. I joined the psychology club at Penn State Altoona. I had all my classes and a part time job at Aeropostale trying to make ends meet. My mom got hurt at work and broke her knee and she had to take time off so I had to pull my weight and take care of myself in a way so my parents could focus on the things most needed around the house and things. I did amazing in school though 4 A's and 1 B+ and 1C+ and the C+ was in Criminal Justice and I am honestly not the best in that subject but I tried and I'm extremely happy with the result I got out of it. Next semester I only took 5 classes instead of 6 to try and give myself a break. I bought all of my books for next semester and I can say that there is a lot of books it's something else. Next semester though I'm excited because there are a lot more things to do dealing with Psychology club and a lot more events because the weather will be nicer. I am also involved with this teaching program helper thing my friend is in control of this program and they have grade school kids come to Penn State and we help them with homework and have fun days at Penn State like game days and stuff like that, stuff to keep them out of trouble because some where appointed to this program by their teachers. This semester was one of the funniest for me because I met so many new people and got so much more involved with school and I loved it and had a blast. I know for a fact I'm going to use next semester to the fullest and have just as much fun and rock at school and keeps my grades up my goal for next semester is to have a 3.7 grade point average I have a 3.56 but for me to get that average grade point average. I need a 4.0 basically. I know because I got the scholarship I did this year I was able to be more involved in school and be semi less stressed about making money work for me and this semester. I had to pay for all my schooling this year and next and I know that this money that I received from you extremely helped me out and did take a load off of my shoulders and I couldn't thank you all enough. I know this gave me an amazing opportunity this year and I can't thank you enough. Thanks again. I'll keep in touch.

Thank you so much.

Brittany
Penn State Altoona


Dear Kids' Chance,

Without your help, my sophomore year of college would have been a much greater struggle. I want to thank you for considering me for your scholarship, and I want to tell you how much it has aided in creating a better environment for my family and for myself. I can now focus on my studies and not have to worry about getting a steady job which could interfere with my schooling. Thank you so much for allowing me to participate in my second year at Seton Hill University with ease. Best wishes!

Sincerely,
Brea
Seton Hill University


To whom it may concern,

I am extremely grateful to have received the Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania scholarship again this year. The scholarship is extremely helpful in aiding me to pay for tuition at the Pennsylvania State University, Beaver campus. I plan to transfer to the main campus in the fall and finish out my remaining two years to obtain my bachelor's in Psychology. I would love to go into human and social services and help adolescents and teens. I am thinking about working as either a guidance counselor or working in the social services departments for the state.

The scholarship is extremely helpful in off-setting some of the costs of tuition. I am paying for half of my college expenses and my parents are helping to pay the remaining half. It is very nice to know that I will not have quite as much money to pay back in costly student loans once I graduate.

I became eligible for the Kids' Chance scholarship because my dad was hurt at his job in 1994. He was an electrician and was placed on the roof of a warehouse checking newly installed wires. The roof had not properly been checked for safety, and he and one other man fell 2-storys to the cement floor below. He was bed-ridden for almost a year and could not work for a very long time. He recently took a job as an estimator with a small company near our house. Although I am extremely grateful for the scholarship, I would prefer him having never gotten hurt. However, he has made a nearly full recovery and we are all very thankful.

Once again, I would like to extend my gratitude for the scholarship and express the thanks of my parents as well. We all appreciate the wonderful opportunities that receiving the scholarship will allow.

Thank you very much.

Kera
Pennsylvania State University, Beaver campus


Dear Kids' Chance,

This school year, I received a scholarship from your organization! I was so excited when I opened the letter, because I would not be able to pay for college without the generous contribution from Kids' Chance! I can't begin to describe to you what it means that there is an organization out there that is helping students attend college, and achieve their hopes and dreams!

Right now, I am halfway through my semester at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. I am a first semester Junior, dual majoring in Elementary and Special Education. I just can't thank you enough for the opportunity to pay for and attend college to better myself in the future! Thanks again, and I look forward to applying for the scholarship in the future!!

Sincerely,
Tiffany
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

I am attending Kutztown University, and I study Early Edu. School was tough this semester with becoming a mother. It was my first semester back to school and at a University. I will be going back to Kutztown next semester because I really want to graduate and be a successful mother. I'm not quite sure if I will be going full time, I have been thinking about taking three classes. Thank you for another great opportunity to help fund my schooling so I can graduate.

Thank you for all of your help,
Jennifer
Kutztown University


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

I have been receiving this scholarship every year since I first became a freshman in college, and every year it becomes more of a blessing. My family and I look at my financial aid award letter every year and see, with grateful hearts, your continual generosity.

First and foremost, the scholarship money is always used to help pay for my tuition, as I am sure most other recipients do as well. Any extra money I may have left over after paying my tuition and fees is put towards paying for my textbooks and any other supplies I may need for my classes. If I still happen to have any left, I always put it towards defraying the cost of my student loans. It is in this way that the scholarship I have received from you is not only helping me during my present education, but it is also helping to ease some of my worry about paying loans after I have graduated.

Now that it is nearing the end of the Fall 2010 semester, I have exactly a year until I graduate. I know of a job opening that will be coming around about the time I graduate in the English department of my hometown high school. Although it was not my intention to teach in my hometown after I graduated, it will be a good stepping stone from which to begin. Where I will end up after that, I haven't the slightest idea, but one thing I am sure of, your scholarship has helped me every step of the way on my journey through college. For this, I thank you whole-heartedly.

Sincerely yours,
Joselynn
University of Pittsburgh - Bradford


Dear whom it may concern,

The Kids' Chance scholarship was awarded to me after I wrote the story of losing my father. I lost my father due to a 'freak accident' ew the ins and outs of them. At an expo, that was sponsored by where he work, a gun had jammed and my father and the owner of the company took it upon themselves to try and fix it. When they were trying to figure out what happened to the gun, the gun fired and shot my father in the head, killing him instantly.

I greatly appreciated this award because of the lack of finances that I have coming in. I'm no where near rich and I don't have a lot of room to fudge money anywhere. When I was awarded this scholarship, it was literally a sigh of relief. The 500.00 I was awarded during my first semester was enough to cover what I still owed the school on my tuition bill.

Thanks so much for considering me when it comes to this scholarship. There isn't much you can do when it comes to accidents because that's literally what they are, accidents. The scholarship was a sigh of relief and an absolute God given. Thanks again!

Lea
Penn State - Altoona


I would like to take a moment and give my gratitude to Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania and sponsors. My name is Tyler, I am currently a junior at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh studying Graphic Design. The continuing financial support and general support from Kids' Chance and their staff has helped me greatly. I am currently a student ambassador for The Art Institute, receiving an average GPA of 3.9 and recently received an award for Art Institute of Pittsburgh Graphic Design Student of the Quarter. Outside of my classes, I am vice-president of student council, a member of the National Technical Honor Society and I am also a graphic designer for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Receiving this scholarship and the previous scholarship has helped me to continue my education at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I also am giving back to the community by donating design work to originations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross, Dreams of Hope and Hearts of Hope. The support you have provided me helps me provide support to other students, community members and over all help me achieve my goal of making an impact with my designs. Once again, thank you for support with my education now and in the future.

Thank you,
Tyler
Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Letters from 2009-2010 Scholarship Recipients

Dear Ms. Emmet,

Picture of Charlie RobinsonWhat does this scholarship mean to me? Well, if you know the dad I have and all he has been through the past eleven years you would understand. He was severely injured on the job when he worked as an ironworker. As a result of his injuries he had to endure fourteen major surgeries. During his recovery time, we almost lost our home; all the money in my college fund and our savings account was used up. Despite all the hardships, my dad was always there to support me. He was ecstatic when he learned of Kids' Choice and the possibility of gaining $2000 towards my education. Kids' Choice not only will support me through the next four years, this wonderful organization has made my first year here at Lebanon Valley College possible.

Thank You!
Charlie Robinson


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

My name is Tiffany Thayer, and I am one of the recipients of your scholarship. I was overwhelmed with joy when I received the letter from you saying that I had received a scholarship. This money means so much to me, because without it, I would not have been able to pay for school. I attend Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, majoring in elementary and special education. This foundation is such a worthy cause, and I am so grateful for everything you have done for me! Every paper I filled out for you was well worth it, and I look forward in applying next year!

I became eligible for this award back in 2001 when my father lost his life in a tractor trailer accident. It was always a dream he had for me to be able to have the chance to go to college if I chose. Kids' Chance has made it much easier for me to achieve the goal that was his and is mine.

Thanks again!!!

Sincerely
Tiffany Thayer


Dear Kids' Chance,

Photo of Rachel SexauerMy fall semester at Clarion University of Pennsylvania was a true learning experience. I am enrolled in the Honors Program at Clarion and discovered that college course work is very different from high school. I have learned that it is all up to me and have learned a lot about time management. I have worked hard to maintain a high GPA in the area of environmental science and am thinking of changing course into environmental biology. The upcoming spring semester will include two honors courses – one which is an on-line course. This will be my first on-line course and I do not know what to expect. Kids’ Chance grant has made it possible for me to attend college and not place additional stress on my family at this time. My father’s head injury is taking time and patience on his part to obtain a full recovery. Since it is two years past the accident, his doctors have told him that a full recovery at this time is limited.

He works hard at his therapy and has kept a very positive attitude. My dad always told me that you can do anything you want but you need to work for it. 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.

Rachel


December 30, 2009

Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

Photo of Matthew R. StuckThe fall semester of 2009 has been an interesting and busy time in my life. Running between classes, participating in track, and trying to find time for other hobbies, such as Quest (an outdoor club) has made for a hectic last couple of months. I have learned that time management is an important part of collegiate life. Track is going well. I qualified for PSAC’s (conference meet) in the pole vault in my first college track meet, which is both exciting and motivating. I will be running the indoor heptathlon (seven events) when we return from winter break, which I am very eager to do. In Quest I am working my way through the handbook inspiring to become an instructor in rock climbing, rafting, and kayaking.

I can’t wait to get back to school, not only to see my friends, but also to get into my major and have more exercise science classes. My core classes this past semester weren’t suited well to my interests. I believe this next semester will be much more interesting when my classes are set more in my major and not all general education based. I am looking forward to Anatomy and Physiology and also Introduction to Exercise Science.

Thank you to all the people working for the Kids’ Chance Organization: Donors, sponsors, and supporters, for the generous scholarship I was awarded during my freshman year.

Sincerely,
Matthew R. Stuck


Dear Kids' Chance of PA:

Photo of Samantha PowersI would like to thank you again for your continued support with my college career. This summer I had the opportunity to go on a study abroad trip to Ireland which was the most amazing experience. I met so many people and got to learn about the history of Ireland. When I returned from Ireland I got a job at Marshalls department store as a cashier which was great work experience. When I returned to UD this fall I was historian of Humanitarian Hospitality Society which is a volunteer club. We went apple picking to donate to the food bank of Delaware. We also helped to plant a garden at the local elementary school. Another thing we did was to make cookies for the Ronald McDonald house. This semester has been really difficult academically as I have been taking all 300 and 400 level courses but I have still been able to maintain a 3.0 average. At the end of the semester I was informed that a national club had been brought to UD called Ailing mothers & fathers.(AMF) I have contacted them and will be joining their group in the spring semester. It seems they are a support group for those with parents who have passed away or who are terminally ill and they also do volunteer projects. This semester I have taken a Human Development & family services (HDFS) course and really enjoyed it so I plan on adding a minor in HDFS along with my double major in Psychology and Sociology concentration in social welfare. I have started looking around at graduate schools and I think I might try to get my Master’s in Social Work (MSW). I’m going to keep searching because I would like to find a school outside of my local area that will also help me pay for my education. Your scholarship has really helped me to achieve a lot.

Thank you so much!

Samantha Powers


Dear Kids' Chance,

Photo of Samantha KeiserI would like to take this time to thank you for your generosity. Ever since my father was involved in a hit and run accident in 2000 which left him disabled, our family has struggled to manage payments of all sorts. When it came time for me to begin looking at colleges in 2007 we knew we would be in somewhat of a bind to pay for my college education, but we also knew it was very important for me to continue my education being that I am the first person in my family to take my education this far.

Thanks to you and all of you assistance by providing me with scholarships since 2007, my family and I have been able to be put at somewhat of an ease. Words cannot describe how thankful I am, and how very much you have helped. I am now entering my junior year at Albright College, and I have been very successful thus far. I am currently a Psychology major, but I have also found time to participate in numerous activities around campus. I have included a photo of myself dressed in Albright gear before going to cheer on our men’s basketball team at one of their home games!

Again I would like to say thank you once again, for you have granted me so many opportunities that I would not have had if it were not for your generous scholarship. Thanks to you I have been able to complete two years of my college education, and make myself, my parents, and my family very proud of my accomplishments.

Thanks Again,
Samantha Keiser


Dear Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania Inc.,

Photo of Kera RecceI would like to thank everyone who made the Kid’s Chance of Pennsylvania scholarship possible. I am extremely pleased and excited to have been awarded the scholarship, and I cannot wait to put it to good use at Penn State Beaver shortly. Although I have received it under unfortunate circumstances, I am still thankful to have been a recipient.

In September of 1994, my father was sent with his company to wire the roof of a newly constructed warehouse. Unfortunately, the roof had not been checked for stability before the electricians were sent up onto it, and it gave way beneath him and one other worker. He fell two stories to the cement floor below. He was hurt very badly, and endured many surgeries and spent almost a year recovering. Thankfully, however, he has recovered almost completely and can do almost everything that he used to do.

The Kid’s Chance scholarship is going to be extremely helpful in assisting me to achieve my goals. I am so excited to have the financial burden slightly lifted from me. I will now be able to focus more on my academics during the school year as opposed to working in order to pay off the enormous debt of a college education. I am also very excited to be attending Penn State this fall, and the scholarship will be put to excellent use towards my education in the psychology field.

Thank you once again.
Kera Recce


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Photo of Brennan WodrigI would like to thank you so much for the scholarship money. This money helped me get my college books on time. Getting scholarship money helps start any school year easier. Since I commute to school the money will also help me buy gasoline for my car. This also helped me with financial stress.

I am currently in Plastics and Polymer Science at Pennsylvania College of Technology. I am a member of Society of Plastics Engineering. (SPE) I work at Gander Mountain over 20 hours a week with 16 credits at college.

Sincerely,
Brennan Wodrig


Hello Kids' Chance of PA!

Photo of Carlye LauffThank you once again for the generous scholarship! I just mailed my thank you letter and the signed form today. Here are two pictures of me from Penn State.One from the top of Mount Nittany and the other is from the first football game against Akron! 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 will keep you updated with my academics and extra-curricular activities during the school year.

Sincerely,
Carlye Lauff


Photo of Jennifer TurkKids' Chance Scholarship Program,

I would like to thank you for the opportunity you have given me with the $1,000 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.

Thank You so much,
Jennifer Turk


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania and ACE Charitable Foundation,

Photo of Samantha TurkI would like to sincerely thank Kids' Chance and the ACE Charitable Foundation for the scholarship I was awarded for the 2009-2010 academic year. I am entering my junior year as a P1 pharmacy student at the University of Pittsburgh Pharmacy School. This scholarship is making it possible for me to obtain my goal of becoming a pharmacist. My father was injured at work when I was very little and hasn't been able to work since then. And with this scholarship it has taken many burdens off of my financial situation.

I have recently become a member of The American Pharmacist Association and American Student Pharmacist. I am also a new member of the Kappa Psi pharmacy fraternity. These organizations are helping me mold into a successful future pharmacist. I will continue to update you on my academic and extracurricular progress. Thank you again for all your generosity these past three years.

Sincerely,
Samantha Turk


Dear Ms. Emmet:

Photo of Kyle R. KurtekI would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the members of the Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania Scholarship Committee for the very generous scholarship award I recently received.

In April of 1993, my father sustained a life altering back injury at a Rite Aid Store, where he was a District Supervisor. He’s had spinal fusion surgery and is permanently disabled due to this injury. My mother works full time as a secretary; and is able to carry our health insurance. She is currently in remission from breast cancer. My family and I are extremely grateful for all the financial help your organization has given both myself and my two brothers over the past several years. With the loss of my father’s income, it would have been a greater financial burden for our family without your generous scholarships.

I am currently a senior at Bloomsburg University; and will graduate in May of 2010 with a degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. I will be serving an internship next semester which, hopefully, may lead to full time employment in my field. My older brothers, Stephen and Garrett, are both college graduates, thanks to your kindness. Stephen is a Behavior Specialist and works with Autistic children at our local Intermediate Unit. Garrett is a fourth grade teacher, with a present class size of thirty-four 9-year olds. I am attaching a picture and also a picture of my brothers and me at Stephen’s recent wedding.

Again, thank you very much for all Kids’s Chance has done to help me.

Sincerely,
Kyle R. Kurtek


Hello,

I am Nathan Kenthack writing this letter to thank you very much for your generous scholarship. I greatly appreciate it and will put it to good use. It will help me very much while I attend Lycoming College. My year is going very well. I am enjoying my football season so far and we have been getting votes to be in the top 25 division 3 teams in the country. My academic year is also going very well. Although I have not had many exams yet this year the few that I've had have been very good. I am hoping and on my way to make deans list this semester. Thanks again for your generous scholarship.

Sincerely,
Nathan Kenthack


To whom it may concern,

Photo of Joelle SanphyI wanted to express my gratitude to the members of Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania, without your generosity I would not be able to achieve my academic dreams. Five years ago my father was in an accident at work, and as a result his left leg was amputated. He hasn’t been able to return to work. And without the steady income from my father, it would have been a struggle to attend college. But with the aid I have received from Kids’ Chance, I am able to further my education at Loyola University Maryland. I am blessed to take part in the scholarship program, and each day a strive to get the most out of my college experience, so that one day I can help others the way Kids’ Chance has helped me.

I am an English major and Secondary Education minor at Loyola. I hope to one day teach in a high school where I can help inspire the desire to learn. I recognize the importance of education in a person’s life. Through the learning process, people are able to develop as an individual and discern the life he or she wants to live. I believe that higher education is an essential part of life, and with the kindness Kids’ Chance has shown me I am able to experience what I always dreamed of. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Joelle Sanphy


Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania -

Photo of Brittney StuckI apologize this email did not get to you sooner. I am about a month into my senior year at Duquesne University majoring in Supply Chain Management and International Business. It has been a challenging start to my last year! Classes are very demanding in and of themselves, but I am also involved in many other activities on campus, as well as around the city of Pittsburgh.

This year I got accepted into AmeriCorps' Community Engagement Scholars' Program at Duquesne. It is a year-long program to promote college students volunteering in the community where they live or go to school. My special assignment is a nonprofit called Boards-by-Design. It's primary function is to find potential board members among corporate professionals, community leaders, or concerned citizens and match them up with one of Pittsburgh's many nonprofits. The staff of this organization is quite small so I help by interviewing individuals, and also keeping track of a database of over 300 nonprofits and their current needs. My career focus for the last two years has been international nonprofit management, so this program is a unique networking opportunity for exploring local nonprofits and how they function.

I am still in the federal work study program. I have been at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh's Northside since June. It is a fun job, but very dirty. I assist trainers by feeding penguins, bald eagles, flamingos, owls, parrots, and many other birds. We have over 100 species at the National Aviary. Sometimes we build new perches by cutting and sculpting tree limbs, or I will make new enrichment for our exhibits that the birds enjoy exploring. I also do a fair amount of exhibit cleaning, which is not one's ideal job, but needs done daily. It has been a good experience thus far. There are a few other iterns my age who are studying in fields such as biology or zoology, so my business degree is a little different, but we all help with similar tasks.

Classes, schoolwork, the CES program, and the National Aviary take up a majority of my time, but I am also involved in campus activities and two professional societies that admit students. The Institute of Supply Management and the Association for Operations Management provide great opportunities to tour facilities and see supply chains in action. Also, getting to know professionals in the field I'm entering into is another benefit.

I thank your organization and Eastern Alliance Insurance Group so much for your continued support in my education. This is my third year being blessed with the "fresh outlooks, better outcomes" scholarship, and I am so grateful for the generosity that both Kids' Chance and Eastern Alliance Group are bestowing upon me and my family. I also appreciate Kids' Chance decision to award a scholarship to my younger brother, Matt, who is a freshman at Bloomsburg University this year. My parents would never have been able to afford sending both my younger brother and I to college on my father's salary, but your organization helped to make this possible. Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania is a truly amazing nonprofit and I, as well as so many other young adults aspiring for a college education are so fortunate to have Kids' Chance on our side.

So many thanks!

Sincerely,
Brittney Stuck


Dear Kids' Chance,

I apologize that it has taken me this long to send my thank you, and a photo of myself. I have been under a lot of pressure lately. Firstly I had spent the last month studying for the LSAT which I took around two weeks ago, I feel that I did well on it. Secondly being it my senior year I have been busy with school which I feel you would understand. Attached are both a thank you letter, and a photo of myself. Thank you for everything you and Georgelis Law Firm have done thus far.

Sincerely,
Jesse H. Riffle


October 10, 2009

Dear Kid’s Chance and the Alliance Impairment Management Inc,

Photo of Amber MakinI just wanted to extend my sincere gratitude for being granted the academic scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year. I have traveled down a long and fairly difficult road since the unexpected passing of my father in February 2008. As you may or may not know, my father was working for an engineering company as a mine surveyor. While doing his job on February 25, 2008 he was struck by a coal car driver and had died. At this time I was currently doing orphanage work for an organization in Honduras as a spring break retreat. When I was told the shocking news, I flew home to a devastated family and my life has been completely different since that horrifying day. While some days are difficult for me and others mostly bearable, it is good to know there is an organization like this one supporting young students and encouraging them to keep working towards their goals while struggling with their grief. I have been working very hard in the completion of my Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Science. After graduating with a Bachelor of Health Science in May 2009, the program continued with the clinical phase of studies. For the past 6 months I have been traveling throughout the state as well as out of state completing 5-week rotations in various studies of medicine. Currently, I am residing at my home in Ebensburg and completing my 5-week behavioral medicine clinical in Johnstown, PA. I am very much enjoying my time at Saint Francis and consider my education a privilege. I value education and hard work and there will be nothing greater than to receive my diploma in May 2010.

As I look back on the past 18 months, I see that I have gone through an obstacle course battling my grief, feelings, and the stress of my vigorous academic program. However, my education has been a blessing in disguise. My desire to achieve greatness and my value for opportunities has led me to the position I am sitting in today. It seems just like yesterday that my years at Saint Francis began but my educational career will soon be coming to a close. And when I walk across that stage to receive my degree, a flood of emotions will probably come over me. However, I have you and many others to thank for supporting me in making my goals attainable. I am very grateful for all that you have done for not only myself but for many others who stand in my shoes. May your generosity continue to grow and strengthen young scholars. May your benevolence be the encouragement and motivation that students find as a reason to “keep going” during difficult times. I leave you with the following quote that inspires me daily, and hopefully you can find a piece of yourself within this quote as well:

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
At all the times you can, To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can....”

-John Wesley

My sincere thanks for all you have done,
Amber L. Makin


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania:

Photo of Cassandra M. LehenyI would like to sincerely thank Kids' Chance for the scholarship that was awarded to me for the 2009-2010 academic year, for without it I probably would not be attending the University of Pittsburgh.

For the last three years you have helped me tremendously with my education after my father was injured on his job and was off work for quite some time. Also he has had a couple of heart attacks since then and has been off work again.

I am very grateful for organizations like Kids' Chance who gives students like me a chance to further our education. I am in my Junior year at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Speech Pathology and I am doing well. Your support of my family is greatly appreciated and the money that your scholarship provides has alleviated much of the financial distress associated with a college education. Thank you for your continued support and generosity. One day I will be able to help other people (in a different way) as you have helped me throughout the years of my college education.

In closing, once again thank you for supporting my education endeavors.

Yours Truly,
Cassandra M. Leheny


Kids' Chance,

Photo of Jessica WheelerI apologize for not contacting you sooner. Somehow my mail was filtered into the wrong pile, and my response was mistakenly not sent. Thank you to everyone that had a role in helping me get enough money to attend college. It meant so much to open my letter after receiving it in the mail knowing it would help to make college more attainable. If you would still like an email about my scholarship eligibility, photo, and updates, please let me know. I will do anything I can to help the program. I cannot thank you enough for the help you have given me. Again I am so sorry that my response never reached you.

Sincerely,
Jessica Wheeler


January 21, 2010

Dear Kids’ Chance,

Hello! I have found myself already at the end of my first semester at Seton Hill University. I cannot believe how quickly the past couple of months have flown by! I really enjoyed the first half of my freshman year at SHU. I met many new people and learned so much.

During my first semester, I was able to become involved in the Seton Hill University cheerleading squad. Here, I met girls with a lot of the same aspirations and dreams that I maintain in regards to my academic career. Many of these girls also strive to achieve the highest grades that they can; this is something that I enjoy accomplishing. I have also become involved in the World Affairs Forum (WAF) at SHU which is headed by Dr. Frank Klapak. This committee deals with various political and other worldly events that take place in our community, state, country, and on Earth. This committee puts together a monthly bulletin of written editorials from students involved in the World Affairs Forum. WAF is a way for me to be involved with my university as well as with the world around me.

Because of receiving the Kids’ Chance scholarship, I was able to become very involved in Seton Hill University without having to get a job on campus. This scholarship has aided in providing me with extra time needed to devote to my studies of becoming a physician’s assistant. I am very happy with my grades this past semester! I truly believe that this scholarship has given me the extra help I need in order for me to be a very well-rounded student. I was able to study hard, make friends and new memories, and become involved in my school without having the burden of a job under my belt.

I want to sincerely thank you for providing me with this scholarship. It has helped me tremendously through these difficult times. My first semester at Seton Hill University would not have been the same without it.

Thank you,
Brea Siler
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
Physician’s Assistant Program
Seton Hill University


August 18, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to sincerely thank Kids’ Chance for the scholarship that was awarded to me for the 2009-2010 academic year. This scholarship will help reduce my student loan. I am very grateful for organizations like Kids’ Chance that give students like me a chance to further our education.

My father, Dennis Hartzell, was a corrosion mechanic for Columbia Gas when he was tragically killed in a work related accident February 7, 1996. My father was a very hard working person that took great pride in his family and his job. I hope to follow in his footsteps with his work habits and dedication to my family.

Again, I thank you for selecting me as a recipient of this scholarship.

Sincerely,
Kayla Hartzell


November 9, 2009

Dear Committee Members,

Photo of Lauren A. OdlandI once again, want to thank you for the generous scholarship awarded to me this year. I realize how many other deserving applicants are seeking your assistance. I know you have given special consideration to my father’s disabilities and fight with cancer. That you have considered my hearing loss, type 1 diabetes and Turner Syndrome. That my parents and I are living on a fixed income. That all these factors have led to your decision of awarding me a scholarship. It’s hard to put into words my true sense of appreciation. Your scholarship award last year helped me to be included on the Dean’s List for the 2009 Spring semester.

I will be putting forth my best effort to try to establish myself, as one deserving of, your consideration and award. Thank you again.

Sincerely,
Lauren A. Odland


To: Kids’ Chance

Photo of Brittany WerkmeisterI want to say thank you for awarding me a scholarship of $1500 for my 2009-2010 academic school year. I really do appreciate it; it means so much to me.

I was eligible for this award because my dad (Paul W.). He injured his back at work and retired on disability.

This scholarship is very important to me because I will get one step closer to becoming a psychologist and helping people with emotional issues. My goal is to help them cope with their issues and become a better human-being.

I have to say again thank you so much for this scholarship. It is an honor.

Sincerely,
Brittany Werkmeister


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

Photo of Noah WalstromI would like to thank you for awarding me a scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year. It was a great assistance to me and my family, as the cost for college is very expensive these days. Attending Juniata College was a goal of mine in my quest for academic success. Thanks to Kids’ Chance, I was able to achieve this goal. I greatly appreciate what you’ve done for me.

During my fall semester, I took a full curriculum of pre-law classes and played linebacker on the Juniata football team. I was also fortunate to be elected Vice President of my freshman class.

My achievements thus far have been possible because of your assistance.

With great thanks,
Noah Walstrom
Vice President of the Class of 2013
Juniata College

 

Letters from 2008-2009 Scholarship Recipients

October 11, 2008

Kids' Chance and Universal SmartComp:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your benevolent support of my continuing education. Without your scholarship, the price of tuition would be an insurmountable financial burden. Saint Francis University if an excellent school with highly accredited physical therapy program, but the tuition alone exceeds $24,000 annually.

This fall I have entered into the first year of my professional graduate program. The focus this semester is the foundation of physical therapy, including muscle and join mechanics and the science of movement, as well as the first of six of patient/client management courses focusing on cardiopulmonary medical conditions and interventions to treat patients suffering from those ailments. It has been both exciting and challenging to enter this phase of the program. I can start to apply my fundamental knowledge of physical therapy, anatomy, physiology, and biology to begin to solve case studies and discover ways to treat and rehabilitate patients.

I was recently elected vice-president of my physical therapy class and was nominated to the senior homecoming court. I hope to be inducted into Phi Sigma Iota in the spring, the International Foreign Language Honor Society, as I have met all of the requirements necessary of induction. I recently volunteered under the direction of a physician to examine the effects of asthma during exercise with a computerized spirometer in the 2nd Annual Asthma Basketball Camp at Saint Francis University. The Asthma Basketball Camp is provided free of charge to local children that wish to learn more about how to better manage their asthma symptoms. Also, I have been asked to share my experiences during the cadaver lab this past summer at the Cadaver Memorial Service during the Day of Reflection activities at school at the end of October.

There are no words to express my gratitude for your continued support. I will do my best to make the scholarship committee proud by always striving towards an exceptional effort in all my studies. I hope to maintain my dean's list status this school year (my current GPA is 3.55), and I will continue to excel in my professional and personal endeavors. Thank you again for your generosity and consideration. It is greatly appreciated.

Most sincerely,
Britta E. Albright


August 7, 2008

Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

Photo of Amanda HarnedI want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the scholarship that you have awarded to me! Receiving this award is a true blessing and came at the exact time when I was trying to find the money to pay my first college tuition bill. Without being given this award I know that my family and I would have had a much harder time getting the money to pay it. I am truly grateful for Kids' Chance.

I became eligible for this award back in 2001 when my father lost his life in a tractor trailer accident. It was always a dream he had for me to be able to have the chance to go to college if I chose. Kids' Chance has made it much easier for me to achieve the goal that was his and is mine.

Thanks again,
Amanda D. Harned


August 6, 2008

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to sincerely thank Kids' Chance for the scholarship that was awarded to me for the 2008-2009 academic year. This scholarship will help reduce my student loan. I was very surprised to learn of the amount awarded to me. I am very grateful for organizations like Kids' Chance that give students like me a chance to further our education.

My father, Dennis Hartzell, was a corrosion mechanic for Columbia Gas when he was tragically killed in a work-related accident on February 7, 1996. My father was a very hard working person that took great pride in his family and his job. I hope to follow in his footsteps with his work habits and dedication to my family.

Again I thank you for selecting me as the recipient of this scholarship.

Sincerely,
Kayla Hartzell


August 25, 2008

Dear Ms. Emmet:

Photo of Kyle KurtekI wish to express my gratitude to you and the members of Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania for your generous grant so that I may continue my education at Bloomsburg University.

My father was injured at work in April of 1993; and our family has struggled financially since that time. My older brothers, Stephen and Garrett, have benefited from your kindness and are both college graduates. Stephen, a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, is a Behavioral Specialist at Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29 and Garrett, a graduate of Bloomsburg University, is a 4th grade teacher. I plan to graduate in May of 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science; and this grant will greatly help with my tuition payments and housing costs.

I know I speak for my parents and brothers when I say we are all very grateful for all you do to help children of workers who have been injured in work-related accidents. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Kyle R. Kurtek


October 28, 2008

Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania and Alliance Impairment Management:

Photo of Amber MakinMy name is Amber Makin and I am in my 5th year (graduate phase) of Physician Assistant School at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. I wanted to write and extend my sincere thanks from the bottom on my heart as being chosen as a recipient for this scholarship. This organization truly makes it possible for young adults to continue their education even though facing such a difficult loss. It lets people know that their dreams are still attainable. My father most likely has a smile on his face knowing that I was chosen to receive this award because my education meant just as much to him, as it did to me.

I've done much charity work throughout my years of college including trips to Mexico and Honduras helping and "building up" an orphanage. Also, with my medical background some students were even selected to go to free clinics and help treat patients. This however has been a lifetime dream of mine. I want to take what Saint Francis has given me, an education in medicine, and use it to benefit those around me, particularly those in third-world countries. The multitude of emotions that you feel for doing such a humble and generous deed are immeasurable. Nothing can take the place of a kind gesture from the heart, one that portrays love and care. That is why I entered the medical field and this organization makes it possible for me to continue to succeed and keep my dreams alive. I believe greatness comes from hard work, determination, as well as the saying “triumph over tragedy.” Those three ideas together make the recipe for success and often make me recite the quote:

“Peace. It does not mean to be where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

Challenges arise in many aspects of life that we may never see coming. The death of my father was a terrible tragedy and one that I struggle with daily. However, my dreams are still placed in front of me. My goal of becoming a health clinician is just one year award, and with my hard work and the generous gift of this organization you make it possible for me to touch lives all over the world. Your kindness has created a domino-effect for those of the future. Because you have helped me, so I can help another. Thank you for seeing something "special" in me and choosing me as a worthy recipient of this award. I hope to keep in touch with you over the next couple of years and update you on my progress in school. Thanks for making several persons' dreams reachable because of your kind hearts.

With sincere thanks,
Amber Makin


July 15, 2008

Hi Varo,

I wanted to let you know that I got your message. I really appreciate all the help that you have provided me over these last... 3 years? I can't believe it has been that long! Kids' Chance has provided me with so much help, and has helped to make my getting an education not a burden for me or my parents. I want you to know that I truly appreciate you and the scholarship program and if there is anything that I can help with now, or in the future, please let me know.

Thank you,
Christina Manton


November 17, 2008

Dear Kids' Chance and the ACE Charitable Foundation:

In 1998, well before college was in my immediate future, my father permanently injured his back while at work at Volpe Express, a trucking company. Since then, multiple illnesses and surgeries have followed making work for my dad nearly impossible. As high school graduation and my first year at Saint Joseph's University approached a few years ago he expressed some remorse that he would not be able to contribute to my education. That is when we discovered Kids' Chance of PA, and I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to this organization for easing the burden of the increasing tuition cost.

Because tuition at St. Joe's is very expensive, I was considering removing St. Joe's from my prospective colleges even though it was my first choice. However, Kids' Chance has really helped to alleviate the burden of the skyrocketing cost of attending college these days. Because of Kids' Chance, I get to attend my first choice school, and receive an unmatched education I know I could not receive at any other school.

In the spring 2009 semester, I plan to study abroad at the National University of Ireland in Galway. As a pharmaceutical marketing major, I hope to study in an international landscape as Ireland is becoming a key global location for pharmaceutical firms. I also hope to supplement my education with valuable experience in an international pharmaceutical company. By studying at NUI, Galway, I hope to gain a better understanding of how the societies and cultures differ from the United States, including differences in their academics, social and cultural experiences, and industries.

Again I would like to offer my sincerest thank you to Kids' Chance of PA and the ACE Charitable Foundation for allowing me to fulfill my dream of receiving an unmatched education at one of the country's top universities. Although my father cannot work, I know he takes pride in the fact that he can contribute such a considerable amount to my education, and he and I both have Kids' Chance and the ACE Charitable Foundation to thank.

Sincerely,
Lauren McNaney


August 26, 2008

Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania, Inc.:

Photo of Jaclyn NicholsBeing that I am among the fortunate recipients of one of your most generous scholarship awards, I would like to express my utmost gratitude for your having chosen me. I would not have been able to successfully accommodate myself with the necessary school utensils and tuition funds without your generous award. I am exceptionally appreciative of your organization having chosen me as the beneficiary of this scholarship to further my education at the University of Pittsburgh.

My eligibility for the Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania Scholarship, I feel, was based upon a multitude of factors. My mother's disability, as described in my application essay, has proven to further complicate my transition from high school to college. However, I feel that your organization has not only understood my position, but also expressed sympathy toward it as well. Also, my academic integrity and veracity, as shown through my academic transcripts and recommendation letters, proved that I clearly focused on my studies. This factor also made me a suitable applicant of this award.

As a freshman, I am currently attending the University of Pittsburgh with a major in psychology. With the aid of the Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania scholarship award, I was able to prepare more sufficiently for this huge transition in my life. I cannot fully express my extreme appreciation enough toward your corporation, for it exceeds words. Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania has helped me through one of the most complicated, controversial times in my life, and for that I am obliged.

Sincerely,
Jaclyn M. Nichols


August 4, 2008

Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

Photo of Lauren OdlandI have recently received a scholarship from your organization. I want to thank you very much for everything.

I will begin my freshman year at Kings College on August 25th. The scholarship will be a tremendous help financially. As you know, college is very expensive. However, once I have graduated and have my degree it will be well worth it. With your help, you have made this possible. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Lauren Odland


August 10, 2007

To: Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania

Photo of Samantha PowersI wanted to say how grateful I am to receive this Scholarship. Thank you so much. In April of 2005 my dad was working for Upper Chichester Township on the trash truck when there was an explosion from an aerosol can. He fell backwards and hit his head and was taken to the hospital and remained unconscious. A week later he passed away. My dad always wanted to make sure I would be able to continue my education after I graduated because he believed I could make something of myself. With the help of this scholarship I hope to get an education in psychology and help people going through hard times such as what I went through.

Thanks Again,
Samantha J Powers


August 11, 2008

I would like thank Kids' Chance for awarding scholarships to our three children. Kyle has received the award since he began his education. He was also awarded the ACE Charitable Foundation scholarship. Kyle will be a Senior this year.

Jesse will begin his third year at IUP and has received the award each year. I am proud to report that Jesse was on the IUP Deans List both semesters.

This year our youngest son, Jason, has also been awarded your generous award and will attend IUP along with Jesse.

Receiving the award has eased their financial burden. All of the boys work hard in and out of the class room. Kids' Chance has been a blessing for everyone in our family. I want to extend our heartfelt thanks.

Sincerely,
The Riffle Family


August 15, 2008

Dear Kids' Chance of PA Inc.,

I would like to thank you for the scholarship grant awarded me for the 2008-09 school year. This grant is critical in my attending Cabrini College this fall.

As I explained in my application letter, my father was permanently injured in a work related accident in October 1998. Due to his injuries, he is no longer able to perform his occupation as a Union Carpenter in the Philadelphia area. The loss of income incurred by his loss has put a substantial burden on him and the family. He tries to provide the most he can for my mother, two brothers and me, but with the limited resources available it is very difficult. Your grant has eased the tuition amount due and made it feasible and affordable for him to send me to college.

I plan on majoring in Business with the hope of owning my own company upon completion of my studies. As of yet, I have not narrowed the exact field of occupation. Hopefully this will surface during my matriculation at Cabrini. I am also planning on playing Varsity Men's Lacrosse at the College. This sport is a huge part of my life and has been an inspiration for me to attend college.

Thank you again for making my attendance possible and for helping me to attain my dreams.

Sincerely,
Ryan Sankey


2008

To whom it may concern,

Photo of Joelle SanphyI wanted to thank everyone at Kids' Chance for providing me with the opportunity to further my education. The scholarship not only has helped shape my future but has also helped to ease the strain of a college tuition that my parents were willing to take on. In 2004 my father was in an accident at work which caused him to lose his leg. Since the accident he has not been able to go back to work. And now Kids' Chance has given me an opportunity to expand my knowledge, which is what my father has always wanted. I can't thank Kids' Chance enough for their support and scholarship. I hope to one day be able to change someone's life, just like everyone at Kids' Chance has changed mine.

Sincerely,
Joelle Sanphy


August 19, 2008

Dear Kids' Chance:

Photo of Travis SnookI would like to thank you very much for the scholarship I received for college for the year 2008-2009. I was eligible for Kids' Chance because my father was killed when he was driving a milk truck 2 years ago. For some unknown reason his tanker rolled over while going around a turn. He traveled this road all the time and I do not think anyone truly knows what happened.

Things have been tough since my dad died and your scholarship will help me greatly reach my goal of graduating from Ohio Technical College. I am truly grateful for all your assistance.

Sincerely,
Travis Snook


Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

The money that was provided to me through your scholarship has helped me immensely throughout my college career. I am now a senior at Bloomsburg University and in May I will be graduating with degrees in Audiology and Speech Pathology and Spanish. Because of the financial help I receive through your scholarship, I am able to spend less time working and dedicate more of my time to academic clubs and community service. At this time, I am the president of Bloomsburg University's Spanish Club (Heightening Awareness By Learning About Spanish) and I am the treasurer of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Thanks to the Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania Scholarship, I have had many wonderful opportunities over the past three and a half years. During the summer of 2007, I had the amazing experience of studying abroad in Valladolid Spain. This past summer, I participated in an undergraduate internship in Pediatric Speech Pathology at Geisinger Medical Center. During my internship, I learned more about Speech-Pathology than what could ever be taught in a classroom. Although my internship was a great learning experience, there were many expenses involved. Your scholarship was very helpful in paying for these expenses, and I am extremely thankful.

After I graduate from Bloomsburg, I will be attending graduate school for two years to earn my master's degree in Speech Pathology. Therefore, I am currently researching graduate programs and sending out applications. Again, I would like to thank you for making my college experience a wonderful one!

Sincerely,
Lauren Sones


August 27, 2008

Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

Photo of Jacquelyn SpeakmanI became eligible for this scholarship when my father was killed on the job as an iron worker in 1999. With the help of your scholarship and continued support throughout the years, I can focus on pursuing my education rather than paying for it. Your support of my family is greatly appreciated, and the money that your scholarship provides has alleviated much of the financial distress associated with a college education. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Last spring I finished another semester as a civil engineer and decided to concentrate on environmental issues within the major. Over the summer I was awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation to find sustainable solutions to the problems surrounding Brazil's drinking water. I spent two months at the University of Pittsburgh and one month in Campinas, Brazil working on the project with a PhD student. Now, with the help of your scholarship, I am back at the university to begin another fall semester.

Jacquelyn Speakman


August 6, 2008

Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania, Inc.,

Photo of Brittney StuckI am so grateful and blessed by your decision to award me the “fresh outlooks, better outcomes” Scholarship for the second year in a row. I appreciate Eastern Alliance Insurance Group's grant to make this scholarship possible.

As I head into my third year of college, I understand my finances better and what that means I will owe after I graduate. Awards such as those provided by Kids' Chance help more than those who donate to them probably ever realize.

I spent this summer working at a Christian Bible Camp called Seneca Hills as a counselor to kids ages 6 through 18. Some kids can only come by way of scholarships and they appreciate the experience that much more. Counselor compensation is hardly anything compared to what I made working two jobs last summer, but sharing the word of God with kids and bonding with co-counselors my age has made it a much more fulfilling experience than I've ever been a part of before.

I was worried about tuition for this coming fall, but I took the opportunity God offered through Seneca Hills and I do not regret it. I believe the Lord provides for those who seek to serve Him and He did through your scholarship for my education this year at Duquesne University.

Thank you so much for your investment in my studies; I was overjoyed by your decision to renew my scholarship.

Sincerely,
Brittney Stuck


August 17, 2008

Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania,

Photo of Samantha TurkI would like to thank you again for awarding me a scholarship for the second year in a row. This scholarship will again aid me in my financial needs for this school year. I will again not have to worry about any financial needs which will allow me to focus on my studies.

I will be taking the PCAT test which is similar to the MCAT this year for pharmacy school, so I will be very busy and studious this semester. I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am to be receiving this scholarship again. I have also attached a photo of myself to post on the website. Thank you again and I will keep you in touch with my academic and extra-curricular activities during the year.

Sincerely,
Samantha Turk


August 19, 2008

To: Suzanne M. Emmet, President

Photo of Amy WagnerI would like to take this opportunity to that Kids' Chance so very much for the $2000 scholarship grant which I was awarded. This money will help me in my pursuit of becoming a Chiropractor and helping others in their need.

With Sincere Love & Gratitude,
Amy Wagner

 

Letters from 2007-2008 Scholarship Recipients

Dear Kids' Chance,

Photo of Charles BowmanI cannot thank you enough for allowing me to receive your scholarship for this academic year! Your scholarship has paid off the last bit of tuition that was going to have to come out of my pocket and allowed me to continue on to college this year! Ever since my dad hurt himself by falling off a roof at work a few years ago, I always wondered how I was going to be able to pay for ALL of college. Now, thanks to you, the final gap in my tuition has been filled, and I no longer need to worry for the rest of the year. This scholarship has really taken a financial load off of me, because now I won't need to take out ANOTHER loan to help pay! I cannot thank you enough!

I have finally settled into college, and I really like it. It took me a bit to change over to the college atmosphere. It is so much more independent and difficult than high school was! I am really looking forward to having a great year here at Pitt, and so far, everything is going really well.

Thank you again!
Charles Bowman


Dear Kids’ Chance and Universal SmartComp:

Thanks to the generosity of Kids’ Chance and Universal SmartComp, I am well on my way to achieving my lifelong dream of becoming a physical therapist. I am currently completing my junior year at St. Francis University that will allow me to graduate in 2011 with a doctoral degree in physical therapy. I am proud to have earned dean’s list recognition for the past four semesters.

At the end of the semester, I will have met the educational requirements outlined by Saint Francis University to receive a minor in Spanish. The ability to speak Spanish as a second language will be an important skill to allow me to effectively communicate with patients of Hispanic background that I will encounter in my profession. I have met the eligibility requirements to be inducted into Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society in the fall of 2008.

I am currently serving as Vice President of Public Relations in the Physical Therapy Organization on campus and initiated the formation of a club exclusively for commuting students, where I serve as the current President. After classes, I am able to assist in both the Outward Bound Office and the Counseling Center as part of the work-study program. These jobs allow me to develop administrative skills that will be important in my future practice.

I am looking forward to beginning the professional phase of the physical therapy program in June 2008. This summer we will learn human anatomy through the completion of a cadaver dissection and will learn the fundamentals of physical therapy through the completion of an intensive eight week summer course load. I am extremely optimistic about furthering my understanding of physical therapy in this specialized period of the curriculum.

Due to the unexpected and catastrophic death of my father in 1997, I significantly rely on financial aid and student loans to help finance my education. Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and will alleviate some of the economic stresses that I will face upon graduation. I am extremely grateful for the support the Kid’s Chance scholarship has provided in the past. Receipt of this award motivates me to continue to strive for academic excellence and personal growth. I respectfully request your continued support in the 2008-2009 academic year.

Respectively,
Britta E. Albright


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

My mom and I would like to thank Kids’ Chance for the scholarship that was provided to me. This helps defray some of my schooling costs.

In April of 1996, I lost my father due to a fatal truck accident while working on the job.

Since then I graduated high school in 2004 and am currently attending Mansfield University, with my major in music education and a minor in Business. I’m a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, which helps out the Special Olympics, S. June Smith Center and other community events.

Once again I would like to thank you for the help you have provided for my education.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Monaghan


Dear Kids’ Chance,

Photo of Kevin GormanThank you so much for the generous donation of the scholarship that you have provided me for my college education. It’s so hard for me to put into words what this money means to our family in our present financial circumstances. You have no idea how grateful I am to receive your generous scholarship. This money that you have once again provided for me has gone towards another year of my academic studies and freed my parents (and me) from financial troubles.

Every year I write you a thank you letter and every year I sit here attempting to elaborate on my gratitude I feel deep inside me towards your organization. So once again my family and I thank you for another academic year that you have helped support.

Sincerely,
Kevin Gorman


To Kids’ Chance & ACE Charitable Foundation:

Photo of Lauren SonesWith the recent conclusion of the fall semester of my junior year at Bloomsburg University, I would like to update you on my current academic status and the extra-curricular activities in which I participated in throughout the semester. I still hold a dual major in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology and Spanish, and I completed the semester on the Dean’s List with a grade point average of 3.53. As part of my Clinical Observation class, I had several opportunities to observe Speech-Language Pathologists working in hospitals and schools in the community. These observation experiences greatly enhanced my interest and understanding of the field of Speech-Language Pathology.

During the semester, I participated in two student organizations on campus, NSSLHA (National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association) and HABLAS (Bloomsburg University Spanish Club). I was also able to gain additional Spanish speaking experience by translating Spanish for nurses at a migrant worker camp. Along with being involved in academic extra-curricular activities, I continue to work in the Bloomsburg University Department of Nursing as a student secretary.

With the spring semester quickly approaching, I am currently arranging a summer internship in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and researching graduate programs where I will be able to continue my education.

I would like to thank you for significantly helping me to achieve my collegiate goals! Your scholarship is greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,
Lauren Sones


Dear Kids’ Chance of PA and ACE Charitable Foundation,

Photo of Jacquelyn SpeakmanThanks in part to your generosity, the first semester of my sophomore year went relatively smoothly. This semester was my first in the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Classes were difficult, to say the least, but I learned that I enjoy being challenged. Also, I am beginning to understand how to handle the workload associated with my major. I anticipate using my spare time to join new clubs or societies on campus this upcoming semester.

Additionally, I am really looking forward to my Intro to Environmental Engineering course next semester. Hopefully, it will get me excited about environmental engineering as a possible concentration. I am also considering Pitt’s newest concentration in sustainability as a career path. Thanks again for your generous scholarship that allows me to pursue a solid education.

Sincerely,
Jacquelyn Speakman


Dear Kids' Chance of PA and Eastern Alliance Insurance Group,

Photo of Brittney StuckI am excited about being halfway through my college education. Two years down, two more to go. I just finished my sophomore year at Duquesne University where I am double majoring in economics and international business. It was an extremely challenging year. I had courses like accounting, business law, quantitative analysis, micro and macro economics. This coming year I am enrolled in courses more centrally focused on economics.

I am a member of Duquesne's Division 1 Women's Rowing team and we had another great year. At least some of our boats placed in all the regattas we attended, despite tough competition.

I also wanted to extend a thank you for inviting me to speak at your contributor recognition event in Hershey. It was great to meet the people who make my scholarship possible, and it was very cool you had the founder of Kids' Chance there. He was charismatic and funny, and I enjoyed talking to him.

I really appreciate the scholarships I have received these last two years. I worked last semester while studying for classes and still rowing and it was very difficult. School is demanding in itself, but all together it was nearly impossible. This experience has made me that much more thankful for Kids' Chance and the organizations that donate, such as the Eastern Alliance Insurance Group. Thanks so much.

Sincerely,
Brittney Stuck

Letters from 2006-2007 Scholarship Recipients

Dear Kids’ Chance and Ace Foundation,

I am honored and pleased to receive notification that I am a scholarship recipient for the 2006-2007 academic year. It is with deep gratitude that I accept this scholarship. Your confidence and willingness to support my education endeavors are greatly appreciated.

I am entering my sophomore year at St. Francis University working towards a doctoral degree in physical therapy. The program extends for six years and three internships. This summer I was able to secure a job at Altoona Arthritis. The experience helped me gain a better perception of the operations in a clinical setting, gave the opportunity to directly assist patients, and gain a deeper understanding of those who suffer from pain and immobility due to arthritis and other debilitating diseases.

I rely on financial aid and student loans to help finance my education. Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and I am extremely grateful for the support this scholarship provides. Receipt of this award motivates me to continue to strive for academic excellence and personal growth.

Once again, thank you for supporting my education endeavors. Your benevolence truly makes a difference. I hope that Kids’ Chance and the Ace Foundation can continue their generous contributions and investments in the futures of students like me.

Sincerely,
Britta E. Albright


Dear Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

I would like to thank Kids’ Chance for awarding me a scholarship for the 2006-2007 school year. I am attending Indiana University of PA. I plan to apply for a job on campus I am eligible for the work-study program.

I worked throughout the summer and saved money to assist me with paying for my education. This award will help pay for my books and other expenses. My Father was disabled in 1995 due to an accident while working on a drilling rig.

My brother, who is a junior this year at YSU, has also been awarded the scholarship since he started attending YSU. Receiving this scholarship will ease the financial burden for myself and my family. It will help me in my pursuit of a career in the Criminal Justice/Law system.

In closing, I want to extend my gratitude to your organization.

Sincerely
Jesse H. Riffle


Dear Kid’ Chance of Pennsylvania,

My name is Kevin Gorman, and I am writing to you with gratitude of your most generous scholarship. My family is currently putting five different people through college at different institutions and different levels of education-this donation toward my academic success will be well needed and appreciated on behalf of my family and I. I am a junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I am an English Education major. This money will go toward my school tuition, which will allow me to have more time to put toward my studies and not attempting to raise money for that tuition.

Currently at IUP I have a 3.42 GPA with 55 credits. I also took two summer courses at HACC that will count for six credits toward IUP. Maintaining above a 3.0 GPA is a requirement for all education majors, but my personal GPA to uphold is a 3.4 and make Dean’s list every semester from here on out. I will have a job while attending school, so this scholarship will help. I appreciate organizations like yours that provide opportunities for all students to have a chance at a superior future. Thank you for your kindness toward my education: it will be used for a good cause.

Sincerely,
Kevin Gorman

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Dear Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania, I wanted to thank you for the scholarship I received last year and let you know how my first year at college went. The scholarship I received from Kids' Chance lessened the financial burdens of my freshman year at Duquesne University. I just finished with a 3.5 GPA and am a proud member of Duquesne Women's Rowing team. Joining Duquesne's crew team was a big decision and a huge commitment, but it was a great way to meet new people and represent my college. My first year was challenging, but a blast. I am working towards a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Economics and International Business. Now that I have most of the University core classes out of the way, I'm really excited about learning concepts and knowledge that will directly benefit my future career. Again I'd like to thank Kids' Chance for the generous scholarship I received to further my education. It is organizations like yours that make all things possible. Thanks!

Brittney Stuck

Letters from 2004-2005 Scholarship Recipients

I would like to thank you for the very generous scholarship awarded to me for the 2004-2005 school year.

In October of 1998, my father, a union carpenter, was involved in a scaffold collapse that left him with permanent damage to both knees. Due to the injury, my father has undergone several knee operations and cannot continue in the construction trade. This has put an enormous burden both emotionally and financially on my family.

Your grant has enabled me to continue my education at Widener University where I am a criminal justice major and a member of the men's lacrosse team. The Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania, scholarship helps me to make the tuition more affordable and eases some of the emotional strain on my parents and me.

I cannot say enough how important the grant is and how much I appreciate and value it.

Sincerely,
Harry Sankey, Jr.


January 18, 2005

Dear Kids' Chance of PA Inc.,

I just wanted to check in to let you know how my school year is progressing. The first semester went well. I am majoring in Criminal Justice, a field that is very challenging, and accumulated a 3.44 GPA. Hopefully next semester will go as well.

Lacrosse practice is due to start. The team has high hopes of having another winning season and will strive to win the M.A.C. Division and complete in the N.C.A.A. tournament in May.

I want to thank you again for your help in making my attending Widener University possible. Your grant really helps my family and me.

Harry F. Sankey


December 2004

Dear Kids' Chance and ACE Foundation,

My name is Dominique D'Angelo. I am from McDonald and attended Canon-McMillan School district. My father was a coal-miner and died when I was ten of a work - related accident. Going through middle school and high school without one of my parents was very difficult, but I overcame the hardship with a goal in mind: my future.

When it came time to apply to college, I was very concerned about tuition. I was ecstatic to have been accepted to my first choice school, California College of the Arts but was intimidated by the costs. Receiving this scholarship reassured me in two ways - one, that me and my mother and could afford the tuition at CCA and two, that everything happens for a reason. The death of my father made me who I am today: a hardworking, passionate, spiritual, down-to-earth person. It was a tragedy, but I was reassured that not only my hard work in my school and extra-curricular activities but my pain and suffering were repaid in full. I am at midterm point and couldn't be happier. My classes are challenging, thoughtful, invigorating, and infinitely enjoyable. I am doing well in all of my classes - I couldn't ask for more right now!

As of right now, I am undeclared as far as majors go but next year I will enter the individualized major program at CCA. I will then work closely with my advisor to chose right classes for the major I will personally design - the defining characteristic for why I chose to attend CCA. I am thinking of combining sculpture, metalworking, and possibly glass. Receiving this scholarship has put both my mother and me at ease. I can concentrate fully on working hard and putting in all the hours necessary to study and complete my art projects. My mother is also more comforted that we will be able to pay for the best education I can receive, which I feel I am receiving at CCA. I cannot thank Kids' Chance and the ACE Foundation enough for the opportunity they gave me by awarding me this scholarship. When first semester grades come out, I guarantee that you will be reassured that you made the right decision.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much,
Dominique D'Angelo


Photo of Jessica B. HammondDecember 27, 2004

Because of a back injury he sustained while working in a factory and the numerous health problems that followed after, my father has been unable to work for several years. However, thanks to the generosity of Kids' Chance of PA and the ACE Foundation, I have been able to have a successful, enjoyable college experience thus far. Now that I've had some time to recover from a rigorous semester's worth of papers, exams, and other academic duties, I thought I would take a moment to share what I was up to during the fall 2004 semester at Lock Haven University.

I am currently a junior at LHU. This past semester, I decided to challenge myself academically by taking on 18 credits, rather than my usual 15. The majority of the classes I was enrolled in were English courses that tied in to my major of Secondary Education with a concentration in English. Although the extra class and additional work made for an extremely busy and often stressful semester, I was able to do very well in all my classes and earn a 3.9 grade point average overall.

On top of my academic responsibilities, I remained an active member of the LHU honors program. To fulfill my requirements for the program, I took part in an online creative writing group and a weekly forum dedicated to discussing international issues and increasing political, economic, and global awareness. I also turned my work on the university's literary journal, The Crucible, into an augmentation project for which I received honors credit.

As a Crucible editor, I was responsible for collecting poetry and short story submissions from LHU's student writers. Once the deadline for submissions had passed, my fellow editors and I, with the help of our staff, read each submission and decided which pieces would be included in this year's journal. After the selection process was complete, we collaborated with the designers to set up the layout of the journal and choose what graphics and black and white photos to include. The extensive editing and publication of The Crucible will not take place until the spring semester, but so far working on the journal has been one of the greatest learning experiences of my college career.

These are just a few of the activities and organizations in which I played a role during my fall semester at Lock Haven. As I stated earlier, it was an extremely busy semester for me, but the benefits of my hard work and experiences will have invaluable effects on my life and career. I owe much of my success to the kindness of Kids' Chance of PA and the ACE Foundation. Thanks to these two outstanding organizations, many students, including myself, are able to reach their full potential and academic success with considerably fewer financial worries. My family and I are immeasurably grateful to those who have given me the chance to make the most of my education. Once again, I thank you, and I look forward to sharing more of my experiences with all of you in the spring.

Sincerely,
Jessica B. Hammond


My dad was fatally injured in a work-related accident. Aside from the pain and stress that my family felt while dealing with his death, we also had to worry about paying for college. At one point, there were four of us attending college. The costs were astronomical. How were we, a single-income family and mother, supposed to support four children throughout college? It seemed impossible.

Kids' Chance has helped reduce our financial burdens and stress tremendously. They always keep my family in mind, and have awarded my sisters and me generous scholarships each year. In the past, I have used the scholarship money to help pay for books and other necessary materials. I have been very grateful to Kids' Chance for their help and support through a very rough time in my life.

This year, the ACE Foundation has provided a grant scholarship to match the award from Kids' Chance. This unexpected award has helped me in a major way. I can't begin to explain how their kindness has allowed me to focus more on my studies and less on the financial responsibilities that arise each year. It helps to think that the ACE Foundation and Kids' Chance care enough to help my family and those in similar situations. The award is being used to help pay for my room and board, books and materials, and the everyday cost of living and attending a large university. Thank you, Kids' Chance and the ACE Foundation, for your unspeakable compassion and benevolence. I hope that one day I am able to repay you.

With Gratitude,
Sarah Speakman


Dear Kids' Chance,

I became eligible for the Kids' Chance Scholarship last spring. My dad was injured at work a few years ago and from his resulting disability, he is unable to work. Money in our household was tight, and I was worried that I wouldn't have enough to go to college. Fortunately, with the help of my Kids' Chance Scholarship I am half way through my first semester of college and with my good grades I'll be able to graduate and have a successful life!

Heather Brannen


I want to whole-heartedly thank Kids' Chance of PA for the scholarship grant I was recently awarded. My Father was hurt in a catastrophic accident at his place of employment in 1984. He has been disabled and unable to be employed since then. Furthermore, because of his situation concerning Workers' Compensation, my chances to attend college were very limited. Then I read and article concerning "Kids' Chance."

My family & I reluctantly obtained all the required materials to apply for assistance from your organization...figuring there wasn't a chance of being awarded anything. Therefore, you can't imagine how excited and proud I was to be chosen for your scholarship award.

I am presently enrolled in the Engineering curriculum at Youngstown State University. Without you help, I may not {probably not} have been able to attend. I now realize I have a chance. Furthermore, I now truly understand the meaning of the word "chance" in the Kids' Chance!

Thanks again. I will try to live up to the Honor and Privilege of the Award presented to me.

Respectfully,
Roy L. Herr, Jr.


Thanks so much for your generous contribution to my student education. It's your foundation with its selfless deeds that gives kids like me a chance for a prominent future. You've given me the inspiration to succeed both at school and life.

Sincerely,
Kevin Gorman



Photo of Joseph Kringer Jr. My parents and me would like to thank you for providing me with the $1,000.00 scholarship to attend East Stroudsburg University. My father was injured in a work related injury in June 1989. Since that day all of our lives changed drastically. In 1996, both of my parents decided to attend college for the first time. My father graduated Magna Cum Laude in August 2000, with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education, while my mother graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree in Social Welfare. Even though my father continues to have on going medical problems as a result of his work related injury he now teaches 7th grade science in the Hazleton Area School District. My parents have continually stressed to my younger sister and myself the importance of an education and Kids' Chance is helping to ease the financial burden making it easier for me to obtain my educational goals.

My family would like to thank you once again for the $1,000.00 scholarship. I look forward to beginning my freshman year, and will always be grateful for the assistance you have provided.

Sincerely,
Joseph Kringer Jr. and Family


Photo of Garrett Kurtek

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for the Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania scholarship Award.

In April of 1993, my dad sustained a serious back injury while at work. He has not been able to work since this time, which has caused economic hardships for my family. Both my older brother, Stephen, and I have benefited from your generosity. Stephen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in May 2003. He is employed as a therapist with the Youth Advocate Program, Frackville, PA.

I have maintained a better than a 3.0 GPA during my college years; and this spring semester was named to the Dean's List at Bloomsburg University. I will graduate in May of 2005 with a degree in Elementary Education. I will start a practicum in September in the Berwick, PA School District; and will student teach there in the spring of this year.

Thank you again for all you have done to help my family and myself with the financial burden of a college education.

Sincerely,
Garrett Kurtek


Photo of Kevin R. KearDear Kids' Chance of PA.,

This is my second year in which I have been chosen for a Kids' Chance Scholarship of $1,000.00. I am in my third year of college at West Virginia Wesleyan. I have been working diligently in my studies to achieve my degree in Sports Medicine. There are obstacles that one has to face and one is never always prepared. But with good decision making, I've overcome them and continue to strive for excellence in my major.

I am in Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and was elected for the grand marshal position. I am also employed by the college as a RA (resident assistant). I do my clinical hours working with the organized sports on campus, i.e. football, tennis, soccer.

My father was in a motorcycle accident in 1978 on his way to work and sustained serious injuries especially to his right leg. He has encountered many surgeries and complications that have required him to be on permanent disability. Nonetheless, he has remained upbeat and plays an important part in my life.

In closing, I want to thank you for the monetary gift which is greatly appreciated and will help defer some of the cost of my education.

Sincerely yours,
Kevin R. Kear


Dear Kids' Chance of PA.,

I am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of a $1,000.00 scholarship from this organization. The monetary gift is much appreciated and will help decrease the cost of my education at Penn State Altoona campus. I am currently a freshman, in the architectural engineering program, and will strive to work very hard in achieving my goal.

I was eligible for this scholarship because my father had a serious motorcycle accident in 1978 which has left him on permanent disability. He had sustained serious right leg injuries and encountered numerous operations which are still ongoing. Through all this, he remains optimistic and has encouraged me to obtain an education by learning by my mistakes and using my strengths to achieve my goals.

As you all know, the cost of education is exuberant today. I just want to thank you for taking the time to review the application and choosing me as one of the recipients.

Sincerely yours,
Brandon J. Kear


Photo of Walter J. CheslaI want to sincerely thank you for the support Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania has given me during my college career. As I begin my senior year, my future is beginning to take shape, and I'm excited about it. Thanks to the support of Kids' Chance, I've been able to enjoy a successful college career that will conclude in May of 2005. I feel lucky and privileged to receive the scholarship, and look forward to graduating. After losing my father in an automobile accident in 1992, my mother and I were left with the support of only each other. My mother has made many sacrifices over the years to give me the opportunity to succeed, and Kids' Chance has helped ease that burden on both of us.

Currently, I'm excited about my future and the experience I'm gaining. This fall, I'm continuing an internship from summer that is allowing me to explore more within my field of computer science. Hopefully, with an excellent education and solid experience, I can transition into the workforce and achieve all my hopes and dreams. It has been anything but an easy road to this point, but I have met the adversity head on and succeeded. My past experiences, academically, professionally, and personally, with surely help me in my future endeavors.

For all of the support Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania has given me, I want to sincerely thank you. I'm sure I echo others' sentiments when I say I'm truly grateful.

Sincerely,
Walter J. Chesla


November 2004

Photo of Elizabeth WagnerDear Kids' Chance and ACE Foundation,

I would like to thank you for naming me as an ACE Scholar and express my gratitude for the scholarship I am receiving. This financial assistance has made a huge difference in my educational experience, and really helped me to pursue my academic goals. I've always set high expectations for myself and especially my education, and I was afraid that financial trouble would prevent me from realizing my goals.

The honor of being named a recipient of the scholarship is amazing, and this scholarship really has opened up a world of opportunity for me. With the financial assistance of this scholarship, I was able to accept and attend my first-choice college, Boston University, and pursue my interest in international relations/foreign languages. Boston is an amazing college city, and I am thankful to be able to spend my college years in this thriving cultural city. In addition Boston University is the perfect school for me, with its strong international relations, language, and study abroad opportunities.

Next year, I will be taking advantage of the excellent study abroad programs, spending a semester in Paris, which is one of my biggest dreams. Not only will I be perfecting my French and taking classes with French university students, but I will also be tackling an international relations-related internship, all in the beautiful city of light. However, these opportunities would not be open to me without the help of this scholarship.

I sincerely would like to thank the ACE Foundation for selecting me as a recipient of this scholarship, as it means so much to me and for my academic career. I am honored to have been chosen for this scholarship, and to have this opportunity to pursue my academic dreams.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Wagner

Letters from 2003-2004 Scholarship Recipients

In April of my sophomore year in high school, tragedy occurred in my family. While my father, who I adore, was working at his sign-repairing job, he fell and was critically injured. My college education seemed to be in jeopardy now because of the costs for the medical bills.

I am now a freshman attending Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I am majoring in Biology and hope to continue on to medical school. It was through the scholarship from Kids' Chance that I would have any chance to do any of these possible things. It has tremendously helped both financially and mentally, knowing things will be ok. I would like to become a practicing physician so that I may one day help someone just like the committee has helped me.
-- Danny (Daniel) DeGrazia (ACE Charitable Foundation Kids' Chance Scholar)


I want to first say THANK YOU for giving me money toward my college education at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. I am on the football team-I go to practice everyday and get beat up but enjoy it very much. This past semester I received a 2.0 which for me is pretty good--hopefully next semester I will do better. I'm majoring in Environmental Science and I'm hoping to do some work with water checking and fisheries. I enjoy the outdoors and love to be busy.

Thanks again and I hope you can continue helping me with my education. -- Shane R. Hesser



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I became eligible for a Kids' Chance scholarship because my father suffered a spinal cord injury at work in 2002. He worked construction and fell off of the scaffolding. Because of the fall, he fractured C-3 of his spinal cord and crushed T-4 and T-5 of his spinal cord. He is now a quadriplegic with no movement from the mid-chest down and has limited movement of his arms and hands. He needs constant care and because of this my mother no longer works.

This scholarship will help me pursue my dreams of going to college and majoring in communication. Thanks to the scholarship I will be more focused on my grades. I am grateful that you choose me to be a Kids' Chance ACE Charitable Foundation Scholar.
-- Mary Beth Dipko, (ACE Charitable Foundation Kids' Chance Scholar), Portage, PA


I lost my father in a logging accident in 1994. I am the oldest of three children. I am starting my freshman year in college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a career in nursing. I am honored to receive this Kids' Chance scholarship to help me achieve my goal of becoming a nurse. I can only hope that this scholarship is available to other students that have also suffered the death of a parent, helping them know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you so much for making it possible for me to continue my education and build a future. -- Chelsey Padasak, Johnsonburg, PA


I am truly grateful for receiving this award and I assure you it will be used in good faith toward my education. My father is presently on disability and with the rising cost of college tuition, the scholarship received will help defer some of my educational costs. By receiving this award, I am able to continue my studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College and pursue my goal in Sports Medicine.

Again, thank you -- Kevin R. Kear, Greensburg, PA


My father has not worked in ten years. He had an accident at work - a channel hit him in the back of the neck. Immediately he started complaining of headaches, numbness in his hands and arms, and severe neck pain. The doctor said he had ruptured discs in his neck and would not be able to work again unless on light duty. My father has had several surgeries that have proven to be unsuccessful.

This scholarship will allow me to attend another year of college. This means one step closer to reaching my dream of becoming a veterinarian. -- Deanna Staul, Sharpsville, PA


I'm a sophomore at Muhlenberg College; a computer science major. I have to put a lot of time into studying for computer science. It's like learning another language, albeit a computer language....All in all, I believe college is helping me grow into a person who can contribute something to the world. It's not easy being a college student in this day and age, but Kids' Chance has helped make it easier for me. With sky rocketing tuition costs, and expensive books, I not only have to worry about getting the best grades I can, but I also have to worry about paying for those grades....Thanks to Kids' Chance, I can worry about studying more, and stop worrying about where I'm going to get the money to pay for my education.
-- Walter J. Chesla, Shenandoah Heights, PA


September 22, 2003

Thank you very much for your recent scholarship award. I greatly appreciate Kids' Chance kindness and generosity in helping with my college expenses. I am currently a junior at Bloomsburg University majoring in education.

Thank you again. -- Garret Kurtek, Pottsville, PA


 

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About four years ago, my father had a serious work injury that required a knee replacement. With my father out of work and two out of five siblings going to college this year, we knew we would financially struggle to come up with the tuition money. My brother applied as well, and we are now both proud recipients of the Kids' Chance scholarship. It will immensely help with our college costs and make our financial struggles a lot easier. We are truly thankful that you have chosen us, and hope that many other families like us will take advantage of your wonderful program.
-- Catherine Donnelly, Philadelphia, PA


October 2003

I'm writing this thank you in appreciation for your generous and thoughtful donation which will benefit my funding for school. It was a kind-hearted deed, which I have greatly acknowledged. Once again, thank you and God bless...
-- Patrick Kennedy Gorman, Mechanicsburg, PA


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September 2003

I became eligible for the Kids' Chance scholarship because of my dad's disability. He hurt his back at work when I was little. I also think I was considered because of my academic achievements and my extracurricular activities. This scholarship is a blessing to me because college is so expensive and I don't have to worry about paying the grant back after I graduate. It's hard because I have to support myself through college not only by working but also by trying to pay off some of my student loans. Without this scholarship it would have been difficult for me to further my education.

I am currently a freshman at Wilkes University, majoring in English and Secondary Education. I participate on the newspaper staff and student government, and I volunteer for Big Brother & Big Sister. College has been a new adjustment for me, but I love it!

Thank you very much.

Sincerely -- Alicia Demer, Susquehanna, PA


September 2003

I was eligible for the Kids' Chance scholarship due to the tragic death of my father in 1996 following a work-related accident. Our family was left struggling after my father's death, as my mother is not physically able to work. Despite the hardships, I continued to work hard in school and focus my heart on my education, setting high goals for myself. I will be attending my first year of college at Boston University, and plan to double major in international relations and French. My family cannot afford the expensive costs of a college education, and I am extremely grateful to have been chosen to receive this scholarship, since it will enable me to pursue the higher education that I so desire.
-- Elizabeth Wagner (ACE Charitable Foundation Kids' Chance Scholar) Philadelphia, PA


June 2004

Last year, I was chosen as ACE Charitable Foundation Kids' Chance Scholar. Thanks to the generosity of these two organizations, the 2003-2004 academic year was not only the most memorable time of my life, it was also the most successful and rewarding part of my college career thus far.

During the fall 2003 semester, I took advantage of the international exchange program offered by my school, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. As a future high school English teacher, I understand that it is not only important for me to be well read; I must also be comfortable with cultural diversity and able to function in unfamiliar situations. By spending three months living and studying in Dublin, Ireland, I was able to interact with people from all over the world while increasing my subject knowledge by taking courses in Shakespeare, British Novel, Poetic Criticism, and 20th Century Irish Literature. In my free time, I was able to travel around Ireland and take a trip to England. During my travels, I experienced firsthand sites of both cultural and scholarly significance (for example, I was able to fulfill my lifelong dream of visiting Salisbury, England, the home of the legendary Stonehenge). Although my time abroad was full of personal and academic challenges, I was able to gain valuable world experience, form countless memories, and earn a 4.0 grade point average. If not for the aid of ACE Charitable Foundation and Kids' Chance, this beneficial step toward bettering myself and reaching my career goals might not have been possible.

Shortly after I returned from Ireland, the spring 2004 semester began. As a sophomore in the Lock Haven University secondary education program, the time to officially begin my training as a future educator had arrived. In order to produce dedicated and effective teachers and meet the high standards required by the state of Pennsylvania, the LHU secondary education program involves a great deal of time and hard work. Along with enrolling in courses in teaching methods, educational media, and classroom management, I was required to spend approximately sixty hours in various high school classrooms observing and assisting the teachers as well as writing and teaching my own lesson plans. In addition, I was also enrolled in three general education courses and actively involved in the LHU English Club and the Honors Program. In spite of my challenging and sometimes frustrating schedule, I enjoyed my classes and the time I spent in the high schools.

My desire and determination for becoming a teacher increased as I became more comfortable in front of a classroom and more confident in my abilities as both a student and a teacher-in-training. By the end of the semester, I had gained a considerable amount of crucial experiences and knowledge, earned another 4.0 GPA, and I was one step closer to becoming a successful English teacher, thanks once again to the generosity of ACE Charitable Foundation and Kids' Chance.

In conclusion, I thought I would mention, as a somewhat humorous and rather symbolic note, that I wrote the rough draft of this letter on a piece of paper from a scrap bin in the envelope factory where I am working this summer. As many of my co-workers who work there full time are fond of telling me, working at the factory will inspire me to work even harder when I am at school, just so I won't have to return to the factory once I graduate. Although factory work is as noble and necessary as any other career, it is not the way I plan to spend my life. Thanks to Kids' Chance of PA and ACE Charitable Foundation, I was able to make the most of the past academic year and pursue my goal of becoming a high school teacher to the fullest. As I have said before, expressing the full extent of my gratitude toward the organizations that have made my success possible is extremely difficult; however, I hope that by sharing the events of the past year I was able to show what a tremendous impact Kids' Chance of PA and ACE Charitable Foundation have had on my life.

Once again, thank you.

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August 28, 2003

Mr. Case,

I found out about the Kids' Chance scholarship from my father's lawyer. My father suffers from diabetes, and he has had two heart surgeries (including a triple bypass) and 3 back operations. Needless to say, my father has been unable to work for several years. He receives disability compensation, and we are able to get by with that money and the money from my mother's job; however, paying for college has been a challenge. Although we do not make enough money to cover my college expenses, I have often been turned down for grants and scholarships because my family does not display enough need. Therefore, when I received the letter from Kids' Chance my parents and I were extremely happy and grateful.

The letter I received said that, along with financial need, the chosen scholars also displayed "exceptional academic potential." During my senior year in high school I was the president of the National Honors Society and I graduated as the valedictorian of my class. Last year was my first year of college and I was enrolled in the honors program at Lock Haven University. I took four honors classes and participated in numerous honors activities along with my regular classes. I had a challenging schedule that required a lot of hard work, but I managed to end the academic year with a 3.9 grade point average.

It is difficult to explain just how grateful I am to receive this scholarship. The money will pay for a large portion of my tuition and expenses and has thus brought me a lot of peace of mind. Along with the present assistance the scholarship will offer, it will also influence my academic and professional future. I am currently a Secondary Education major with a concentration in English and this grant will help me achieve my goal of becoming a knowledgeable and experienced educator.

Thank you so much.
Jessica B. Hammond, (ACE Charitable Foundation Kids' Chance Scholar) Lock Haven, PA

Updates from Scholarship Recipients 2002-2004

Cecilia Diefenderfer
Cecelia is a junior at Kings College majoring in Biological Science. She is currently preparing to take her MCATS for medical school and is interested in pursuing OB/GYN or Emergency Medicine. A member of the Pre-Med Honors Society and a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon, the National Honors Society for her high level of academic achievement at Kings College, she is a student tutor for advanced science courses. Cecelia has also become a certified E.M.T. and works for a local ambulance company, is an R.A. in her dorm and this past winter was a ski instructor at Montage Mountain.

Robert Diefenderfer
Robert graduated in May from Wilkes University with a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business. A member of the Honor's Society, Robert has worked in a co-op placement the last two summers at PP&L. He is currently seeking a job related to IT software and web design/networks. Robert has been active with the baseball team at Wilkes and is now a member of the Golf Society. Click here for Robert's letter to Kids' Chance.


Tom Diefenderfer (former recipient)
Tom has completed his studies at Dickinson College and is employed in a very lucrative career at Lutron Electronics, Inc. He is getting married in May 2003. Kathleen Gorman (former recipient) Kathleen graduated from Bloomsburg University and is currently working in two Reading area school districts with adolescents and pre-adolescents who have social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. She has been offered 2 other positions with better pay and benefits, but she is committed to continuing to work with the kids with whom she has made a bond.


 

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Maggie Gorman
Maggie is a junior at Almira College, majoring in psychology with a minor in art therapy. She is already looking into graduate programs in Clinical Psychology and Art Therapy. With a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.8, Maggie was named to the National Dean's list. This summer, in addition to a psychology internship, Maggie will be one of 10 students going to Paris, France for a special 6-week course in art therapy. She plays third base for the college softball team.



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Andrea McClellan
I have been awarded Kids' Chance Scholarship in both 2001 and 2002. I am currently a sophomore attending Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA and am majoring in music therapy. In the past year at Slippery Rock University I have been accepted into the Honors Program for the school year 2003-2004. I also attained Dean's List in the Fall Semester of 2002 with a GPA of 4.0. Some of my musical highlights include being chosen as a participant in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band, which was held at Mansfield University, February 28 through March 2, 2003. I have also participated in Marching Band and Wind Ensemble and have accompanied a fellow student during her recital. I recently returned from attending the Mid-Atlantic Music Therapy Conference, which I found to be a very enlightening experience. I am a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional women's music fraternity. I am also a member of Phi Sigma Sigma, a social sorority, and have recently been elected Scholarship and Alumni Chair.

 

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Christopher McClellan
I graduated this year from Penn State with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology. I have accumulated a 3.61 G.P.A. over my four years at the university, and I am also a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I plan to attend the University of Maryland to seek a doctoral degree in cell biology and molecular genetics. During my senior year, I performed undergraduate research into the mechanism of why cells kill themselves and what happens when that process goes wrong, such as in cancer. Click here for Chris' letter to Kids' Chance.



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Harry Sankey
I am currently a freshman at Widener University located in Chester, PA. My declared major is pre-physical therapy. So far I find the program very challenging. I am also a member of the men's varsity lacrosse team and at this time, we are ranked number twenty-one among division three schools in the nation.


Amanda Speakman
I graduated this May from the University of Pittsburgh. My classes this year ranged from
Business Law and Auditing to Introduction to Performance, and I am also involved in several extracurricular activities. I serve as Treasurer of the international academic honors fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, for accounting, finance, and information systems' majors and I am a student affiliate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). This summer, I plan to sit for the CPA exam as I have accepted a position with a Big Four firm beginning this fall. Click here for Amanda's letter to Kids' Chance.

Julie Speakman
I am currently a junior attending the University of Pittsburgh. I am pursuing a double major in the fields of biology and psychology. This year has been a wonderful yet challenging one for me. Right now I am on a voyage of discovery around the world on the Semester At Sea program. Myself and approximately 700 other students have been on a ship for three months taking various classes and studying the different peoples and cultures of countries such as Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, India, Japan, and South Korea. So far it has been an amazing experience and is teaching more than I could ever learn from a book.

In the fall semester I will return to my regular classes at Pitt. In particular, some courses that I have taken that have proven difficult, yet very rewarding are
Organic Chemistry 1 and 2, Biochemistry, and Population Biology. Also, some classes I am enrolled in on Semester At Sea, including Animal Behavior and Global Ecology are extremely enjoyable. These classes provide an opportunity to study the concepts of each class in real context all over the world.

Aside from taking class, I am involved in some extracurricular activities. While in Pittsburgh, I volunteer in the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. On top of this, I am a teaching assistant and tutor for an Organic Chemistry 1 class. On Semester At Sea, I am involved in Students of Service and two fitness challenges. I also participate in the Vicarious Voyage program where I am responsible for communicating with middle school students throughout the trip and teaching them what I have learned on my journey through each country.

This summer I will be applying to medical school in hopes of starting as a student next fall. In the future, I hope to graduate medical school and go on to become a pediatrician.

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From left to right:
Sarah-20, Shannon-20, Jacquelyn-15, Julie-21, Amanda-22

Sarah Speakman
My sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh presented me with many questions. I started at Pitt in the School of Business, and I had planned on majoring in accounting. However, that might change. This year, I was able to talk to some people in the Marketing Club and it caught my interest. I am already a part of the Women in Business Club and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), and the Pitt Tennis Club. Next semester, I plan on joining the Marketing Club to help me select my major. But how do I decide?? Hopefully by broadening my perspective and joining a few more organizations, I will be able to choose.

The assistance we receive from Kids' Chance helps relieve some of the financial stress of attending college, despite my indecisiveness. I'd like to thank Kids' Chance for helping our family.

Shannon Speakman
I am currently a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. I am enrolled in mostly business classes, from the tough
Managing in Complex Environments and Quantitative Methods to the simpler Environmental Geology. As of now, I intend to major in marketing and become a fashion retailer buyer. Although this changes often, I think I may have found what I really would enjoy doing in the future. This year has not only been one of great achievements, but also of great challenges. However, I would not trade it for anything. This is exactly where I want to be at this point in my life.

I would like to personally thank Kids' Chance for their continuing support and for the opportunity to continue my education. Thank you again for supporting our family!

Letters from Graduating Seniors - May 2003

Looking back on an instance of life and taking something positive from that can define reflection. As the moment of graduation approaches the use of reflection allows one to realize their accomplishments. For the past four years, at Wilkes University, I have taken the time to put a value on my education. Some may confuse the value to be the tuition paid, but the true value comes from what one has learned during their tenure at school.

On a personal level I have seen myself grow in both body and mind. This growth has come via the classroom and through sports. On the sports field I have valued the roles of leadership, endured the trait of perseverance, and overall achieved success in all situations that have faced me. The classroom is where I have honed the skills that I will be using to achieve success. Wilkes University has taught me the necessary traits needed to cohesively work with others and achieve a common goal. The overall personal success that I have been able to reach is credited to the opportunities that many have provided me. The scholarship awarded to me by Kids' Chance has been instrumental and important in allowing me to complete my four years of college, overcome a loss, and become the successful graduate that I will become on May 17, 2003. THANK YOU!

-- Robert Diefenderfer


I am a graduating senior at the University of Pittsburgh. As a senior accounting major, this year has been both extremely exciting and challenging for both my family and me. Upon graduation I plan to sit for the CPA exam as I have accepted a position with a Big Four firm, beginning this fall.

As my undergraduate college career comes to a close, it is amazing to think of all the people who have helped along the way. With my mom as the only parent in the household, and with four daughters in college at the same time, any assistance provided to us is more than greatly appreciated. I would like to thank Kids' Chance for helping my family!

-- Amanda Speakman


Four years ago, when I was getting ready to start college at Penn State, I was looking for a way to pay for my education. Unfortunately, my father was the victim of a back injury at his workplace. He was eventually forced to take disability retirement, much earlier than was expected. This circumstance left our family with little money to pay for a college education. However, with the Kids' Chance Scholarship, I was able to attend college. This scholarship allowed me to concentrate more on studying than working a job and to perform research in a laboratory.

I graduate this year from Penn State with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology. I plan on attending the University of Maryland to seek a doctoral degree in cell biology and molecular genetics. This year, I have performed undergraduate research into the mechanism of why cells kill themselves and what happens when that process goes wrong, such as in cancer.

All of this may have not been possible, were it not for the aid given by the Kids' Chance Scholarship. This scholarship has regularly paid for a significant percentage of my tuition and fees. If it had not been for this scholarship, I would probably have had to work a job during the school year instead of just during vacations, leaving less time to study. Therefore, it is easy to say that the Kids' Chance Scholarship has allowed me to have the success I currently enjoy.

-- Chris McClellan

Letters from Parents

August 6, 2008

Dear Ms. Duffins
REF: Rachel M. Sexauer

Rachel just received a letter from Clarion University that she made the Dean’s List. She has always been a hard worker and this is a great accomplishment for her first semester in college. Your organization's help has made it possible for Rachel to achieve her educational goals.

Rachel has been active in the Circle K volunteer organization at Clarion and this year she will be receiving the PA Life Time Membership award for all the volunteer work she has done within the Baldwin-Whitehall School District High School PTA. We are very proud of her.

Our family is doing the best it can under the circumstances. The therapy and recovery for Rachel’s father is a slow one but with prayer things will get better. During such hard financial times, I would like to thank you and all your donors for the wonderful support that is given to all the children facing a family crisis.

Sincerely,
Theresa Sexauer



Re: Brittney and Matthew Stuck

Dear Kids’ Chance,

On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to thank you again for the very generous scholarships afforded to our children, Brittney and Matthew. Brittney has been most fortunate to acquire the support from Kids’ Chance throughout her academic career at Duquesne University. Quite honestly, it would have been nearly impossible to meet tuition and related costs and fees at Duquesne without your help. After struggling to meet financial obligations with Brittney, we were somewhat relieved that Matthew had chosen a state university as opposed to a private college to help alleviate some of the financial burden not only on himself but also on us.

Over the summer Brittney worked at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh and continued employment there throughout the fall semester. Despite a heavy course load at school and working two days a week, she also managed time to do volunteer work through Americorpse. She has a commitment to them of 450 hours, which she hopes to complete by the time she graduates. Academically, Brittney has earned a 3.6 GPA last semester. We have seen a level of maturity and a commitment to serve others grow over the course of the last four years. This selflessness was again displayed when she volunteered to work at a local food bank before Christmas. We our very proud of the young woman Brittney has become.

Matthew has acclimated himself to the rigors of a collegiate athlete at Bloomsburg University. His love of sports takes up a lot of his time, but we continually stress to him the importance of maintaining good grades. He has made new friends and has gotten involved in new activities. One of his favorite activities this fall was participating in a Outdoor Club which kept him busy on weekends camping, kayaking, hiking and rock climbing.

My wife and I both know there are many people behind the scenes at Kids’ Chance that make these scholarships possible. Often times those people, organizations, partners and foundations go unnoticed; yet work tirelessly for this cause. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those donors and sponsors and to let them know they are truly making a difference in children’s lives. Thank you again, and Happy New Year to all.

Sincerely,
Mike and Barb Stuck

I would like to thank Kids' Chance for the scholarships given to my children Thomas, Robert and Cecilia. With the help of Kids' Chance, Tom has completed his studies at Dickinson College and is employed in a very lucrative career at Lutron Electronics, Inc. Robert is a senior at Wilkes University and will be graduating with a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business. Cecilia is a junior at Kings College majoring in Biological Science looking to continue her education in medical school in hopes of becoming an OB/GYN physician.

Kids' Chance has helped my children achieve their life pursuits and fulfill my dreams of their receiving a college education, which after the death of my husband/their father, I was not sure was possible. The Kids' Chance scholarships....have tremendously defrayed the expensive education costs. With the generosity of Kids' Chance and the grace of God, my children have been given the opportunity to have a chance at successful careers.

-- Mrs. Cecilia Diefenderfer
(Husband fatally injured in a work related accident)


I have four daughters who have had the good fortune of receiving Kids' Chance scholarships. All four attend the University of Pittsburgh, main campus. My oldest will graduate this year, with an accounting degree. My second oldest is a junior who is taking pre-med to become a pediatrician. My third and fourth are twins in their sophomore year. One is also majoring in accounting, the other in business.

Kids' Chance has played an important role in their education. They've helped relieve some of the stress of paying for a higher education, allowing them to focus more on their studies. The girls were so excited this year to once again have Kids' Chance on their side. They used the monies allotted to them to purchase their books and aids for their studies. We hope in the future to contribute to Kids' Chance, enabling us to help ease the financial burden of future needy students.

-- Mrs. Rosalind Speakman
(Husband fatally injured in a work related accident)